Calendar

The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts dozens of events and programs in the Catawba community and serves over 20,000 people each year. The majority of these programs are free and open to the public and reach out to all ages, from children to seniors. 

Oct
16
Tue
Jazz Combo Auditions @ HMF
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory will be holding open auditions for their Jazz Combo on October 16th and 17th at 6:30pm at the Hickory Music Factory (1515 12th St Dr, NW, Hickory, 28601). Students in grades 8-12 are welcome to audition. Instruments include guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, sax, trumpet, trombone, flute, and vibraphone. The Jazz Combo will rehearse on Wednesday evenings at HMF from 6:30-7:30pm. The Fall semester will start on October 24th and go through the end on January. Cost for the semester is free for HMF students (currently taking lessons) and $40 for non-students.

To schedule an audition: please contact Rick Hefner: (828)-638-0501 or rickhefner@gmail.com

HMF Jazz Combo Audition Criteria

1.Please download and learn the audition piece for your instrument.

Don’t Get Around Much – Bb instrument 

Don’t Get Around Much – Concert instrument 

Don’t Get Around Much – Eb instrument 

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Bass Clef

Vocal – Days of Wine and Roses

 

2. Be prepared to play Major, Minor and Blues scales in Concert C, F, Bb and Eb.

Blues Scales

Blues Progression

 

3. Improvise a solo over a 12 bar blues in Concert F.

 

4. Sight Reading. You will be asked to sight read from a simple lead sheet.

 

*If you are auditioning as a vocalist please memorize the lyrics for the prepared piece.
You will be singing along with the mp3 accompaniment track.
In addition, you may also sing another selection of your choosing.

*Drummers will be asked to demonstrate various rhythmic styles (Swing, Latin, Funk, Ballad).

 

Oct
17
Wed
Jazz Combo Auditions @ HMF
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory will be holding open auditions for their Jazz Combo on October 16th and 17th at 6:30pm at the Hickory Music Factory (1515 12th St Dr, NW, Hickory, 28601). Students in grades 8-12 are welcome to audition. Instruments include guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, sax, trumpet, trombone, flute, and vibraphone. The Jazz Combo will rehearse on Wednesday evenings at HMF from 6:30-7:30pm. The Fall semester will start on October 24th and go through the end on January. Cost for the semester is free for HMF students (currently taking lessons) and $40 for non-students.

To schedule an audition: please contact Rick Hefner: (828)-638-0501 or rickhefner@gmail.com

HMF Jazz Combo Audition Criteria

1.Please download and learn the audition piece for your instrument.

Don’t Get Around Much – Bb instrument 

Don’t Get Around Much – Concert instrument 

Don’t Get Around Much – Eb instrument 

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Bass Clef

Vocal – Days of Wine and Roses

 

2. Be prepared to play Major, Minor and Blues scales in Concert C, F, Bb and Eb.

Blues Scales

Blues Progression

 

3. Improvise a solo over a 12 bar blues in Concert F.

 

4. Sight Reading. You will be asked to sight read from a simple lead sheet.

 

*If you are auditioning as a vocalist please memorize the lyrics for the prepared piece.
You will be singing along with the mp3 accompaniment track.
In addition, you may also sing another selection of your choosing.

*Drummers will be asked to demonstrate various rhythmic styles (Swing, Latin, Funk, Ballad).

 

Nov
3
Sat
Drum Circle @ Westmont Recreation Center
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

HMF and Hickory Parks & Recreation Department will offer a drum circle. People will have the opportunity to learn about african drumming and play in a drum circle. For more info, contact Angela Smith (828)-324-6990 or asmith@hickorync.gov(1) (1)

Dec
1
Sat
Community Music Lessons @ Hickory Music Factory
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Hickory Music Factory in partnership with the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department, will be offering free music lessons to Hickory City residents. Anyone ages 5 and up are welcome to sign up for a private 30 minute lesson. Please call for a list of instruments being taught. No skill is needed to participate.

If you would like to sign up for a lesson, PLEASE CALL Angela Smith 828-324-6990. There will be a $5 charge for non Hickory City residents.

 

Dec
8
Sat
1940s Christmas Radio Hour (matinee show) @ SALT Block, Drendel Auditorium
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1ST. The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts an old fashioned 1940s Christmas Radio Hour at SALT Block – Drendel Auditorium (243 Third Avenue NE Hickory, 28601) Saturday December 8, 2018. This fifth annual 1940s Christmas Radio Hour is HMF’s primary fundraiser of the year. The live performance features The Hickory Jazz Orchestra, guest artists and revives the spirit of the mid 1940s when families gathered ’round the wireless for news and entertainment. In our digital age, the chance to experience a live radio show is rare, unique and inventive. It’s a perfect way to recapture a bygone era around the holidays; as well as help fund the exceptional community programs of The Hickory Music Factory.

The show is an interactive experience and audience members are encourage to dress in period attire for added fun. In a world of instant gratification and speed, the 1940s Christmas Radio Hour encourages people to slow down, enjoy the season and make a special evening out of the event. The VIP package is especially enticing as a fine way to enjoy the night. A VIP ticket includes preferred seating, a special pre-show VIP area with drinks and light Hors d’oeuvres. General admission tickets for the 2pm matinee show are $20 and for the 7pm evening show are $15 18yr and under (must be bought at the door), $25 general admission and $40 limited VIP seating. Group rates are also available for each show. Tickets can be purchased at Larry’s Music & Sound (266 Union Square, Hickory 28601) or online at Eventbrite. For more information contact (828)-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

 

1940s Christmas Radio Hour (evening show) @ SALT Block, Drendel Auditorium
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1ST. The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts an old fashioned 1940s Christmas Radio Hour at SALT Block – Drendel Auditorium (243 Third Avenue NE Hickory, 28601) Saturday December 8, 2018. This annual 1940s Christmas Radio Hour is HMF’s primary fundraiser of the year. The live performance features The Hickory Jazz Orchestra, guest artists and revives the spirit of the mid 1940s when families gathered ’round the wireless for news and entertainment. In our digital age, the chance to experience a live radio show is rare, unique and inventive. It’s a perfect way to recapture a bygone era around the holidays; as well as help fund the exceptional community programs of The Hickory Music Factory.

The show is an interactive experience and audience members are encourage to dress in period attire for added fun. In a world of instant gratification and speed, the 1940s Christmas Radio Hour encourages people to slow down, enjoy the season and make a special evening out of the event. The VIP package is especially enticing as a fine way to enjoy the night. A VIP ticket includes preferred seating, a special pre-show VIP area with drinks and light Hors d’oeuvres. General admission tickets for the 2pm matinee show are $20 and for the 7pm evening show are $15 18yr and under (must be bought at the door), $25 general admission and $40 limited VIP seating. Group rates are also available for each show. Tickets can be purchased at Larry’s Music & Sound (266 Union Square, Hickory 28601) or online at Eventbrite. For more information contact (828)-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

Jan
17
Thu
Musical Petting Zoo @ Highland Recreation Center
Jan 17 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

HMF and Hickory Parks & Recreation Department will offer a musical petting zoo. People will have the opportunity to play and see over 30 different instruments. For more info, contact Angela Smith (828)-324-6990 or asmith@hickorync.gov

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Jan
26
Sat
HMF Tribute Concert @ SALT Block - Drendel Auditorium
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Hickory Music Factory host their annual “Tribute Concert” featuring the Hickory Jazz Orchestra. HMF pays tribute to those people who have helped to promote and foster music within our community. This years “Tribute Concert” will pay tribute to: Rick Dilling, Pop Ferguson, and Jim Jerome Williams. Tickets go on sale December 1st. Purchase Tickets

 

 

 

HMF Open Mic Night @ Hickory Music Factory
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All ages, open to the public. Everyone is welcome to sign up and play or just come and listen. First come first serve.

Feb
8
Fri
Parks and Recreation Open Mic @ Brown Penn Recreation Center
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Everyone is welcome to come and play.

 

Feb
23
Sat
HMF Student Rock Concert @ SALT Block - Drendel Auditorium
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Many of you are familiar with our upcoming annual HMF Student Concert, but for those of you that are new to this event, think of it as a rock concert/recital. This is an incredible opportunity for our students to perform a song that is appropriate to their lesson and playing level, on a huge stage with professional musicians. HMF invests in our students with this opportunity and many types of musical experiences, giving them the tools they need to grow and build a strong musical foundation.

HMF Open Mic Night @ Hickory Music Factory
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All ages, open to the public. Everyone is welcome to sign up and play or just come and listen. First come first serve.

Feb
24
Sun
HMF Student Rock Concert @ SALT Block - Drendel Auditorium
Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Many of you are familiar with our upcoming annual HMF Student Concert, but for those of you that are new to this event, think of it as a rock concert/recital. This is an incredible opportunity for our students to perform a song that is appropriate to their lesson and playing level, on a huge stage with professional musicians. HMF invests in our students with this opportunity and many types of musical experiences, giving them the tools they need to grow and build a strong musical foundation.

Mar
9
Sat
Community Music Lessons @ Hickory Music Factory
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Hickory Music Factory in partnership with the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department, will be offering free music lessons to Hickory City residents. Anyone ages 5 and up are welcome to sign up for a private 30 minute lesson. Please call for a list of instruments being taught. No skill is needed to participate.

If you would like to sign up for a lesson, PLEASE CALL Angela Smith 828-324-6990. There will be a $5 charge for non Hickory City residents.

 

Mar
15
Fri
Scholarship Applications Due @ Hickory Music Factory
Mar 15 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is now accepting scholarship and work study applications for music lessons. HMF offers a limited number of scholarships and work study programs to students ages 5-18 years of age. These are awarded on a quarterly basis. Applications need to be submitted on the dates listed above to be eligible for this scholarship/work study cycle. Financial need is assessed through written applications by the HMF board of directors. Funding for the scholarships are made possible through the Mark Weaver Scholarship Fund that helps provide lessons and programs to youth in the community who may not have the means to do so. To apply, please visit our “Scholarship” page on our website and download the application and mail to: Hickory Music Factory, PO Box 2712, Hickory, NC 28603