Mental Pride Rock Band

This low barrier rock band is for adults recovering from mental illness or addictions along with anyone who wants to play rock music in support of mental health.   l   Sept. 2019 – June 2020

Email to sign up & get info. New learners and experienced musicians are all welcome to collaborate on original tunes & inspirational covers.


Summer Programs: Watch for  details of  the July 2019 programming in the Summer Newsletter. Email with what kind of music programs you’d like to see this summer. Our rehearsal space has air conditioning!

Jazz Improv: The Friends of Music week starts off with Jazz Improv on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 am.  This is a free-flowing jam, led by Jonathan Van Ziffle. Feel free to drop in and try it out.

Ukulele Beginner Lessons: This continuous-entry, 8 week beginner course is led by Avram.  Ukulele is a fun, simple and versatile instrument everyone can enjoy. Some instruments are available to borrow. We meet Tuesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. Take this 8 week course once, or even 2 or 3 times, then try out the  Ukulele Group that meets directly after this.

Ukes Feb 2017 Community Concert-Full

Ukulelians: You are feeling comfortable on the ukulele and enjoy singing along.  This group will prepare to perform every couple of months, play for the fun of it and receive some  instruction at a higher level.  We meet Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Community Concerts: Every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm, followed by refreshments and a chance to meet with the performers.  See the newsletter for a detailed calendar of performers. A great chance to check out our groups to see if you might like to join in.

Mic in Lights IMG_1011-2Open Mic: 
Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Bring your own rock band or sit in with the musicians you’ll meet here. Comedians welcome. Our host, Jaden  will organize all that. Email us at to let us know you’re planning to perform. Audience members welcome! Make an event on facebook and invite your friends:         poster-open-mic-2016

Moodswing Chorus: A group of 12 to 15 voices who love to sing in a group! Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm.

Guitar Lessons: Sundays at 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Bring your guitar or use one of ours. All levels are welcome.

Beginner Band Lessons:  Wednesday 11 – 11:55. Learn a new Band Instrument. Some instruments are available to borrow.

Skills Band:  Wednesday 12-12:55. This pilot-project begins in September 2018 and will give Beginner Band graduates a place to continue learning their instrument in the “Standard of Excellence” Book 2 level. This band is also suitable for someone who wants to get back to playing an instrument that you played in the past.

The Fundamentals:  This group parties every Wednesday from 1-3 pm. Members socialize, develop musical skills, gain self confidence and enhance their self-esteem in an informal environment. There is room for pianos (provided), bass (provided), drums (kit provided), guitars (provided), instrumental soloists and vocalists. (all lead sheets in concert pitch) Coffee and snacks at 2pm.

The Eclectics: A relaxed group of musicians who develop a varied repertoire that suits the tastes and skills of the various members. They perform several public concerts during the year, and rehearse Wednesdays  3:15 – 5:15 pm.

Moodswing Orchestra: A group of about 15 musicians who enjoy playing the music of the “Big, Band Era”. This partnership-based program provides excellent opportunities for members with or without an illness to enjoy music together, and learn to play with an orchestra. Rehearsals are Thursdays ~ 7:30 to 9:30 pm.  Arrive by 6:30 to enjoy the Community Concert and meet the performers over refreshments at 7:15 pm. All sections are open: We’re particularly in need of a drummer/percussionist and a Barry Sax player. Drum kit on site. Barry Sax available.

The Haywires: The Haywires is a country inspired group that likes to sing and swing! They rehearse Fridays from 2 – 4 pm.

Minds at Work: A rhythm and blues band, composed of 6 to 10 musicians, rehearses weekly on Fridays from 4 to 6 pm. Openings in Sax, Vocal, Trumpet, Low Brass and percussion.

Musical Theatre:  Pretty to the Bone is a musical about a family who’s teenaged daughter develops an eating disorder. Based on a true story, this off broadway show has changed lives.  We were really happy to put this show on in Dec 2016 and again at a local high school in May 2017.

FOM Music Society Music Directors and Program Leaders

Ben Beaudet directs Moodswing Orchestra, Haywires and Minds at Work

Anne Schaefer conducts the Moodswing Chorus with accompanist Clarisa Morrison

Jaden Johnson Hosts the Sunday Open Mic

Steve Fissel teaches guitar lessons

Jon Van Ziffle facilitates Jazz Improv

Nick La Riviere directs the Fundamentals, Beginner Band and Skills Band

Avram McCagherty Leads Eclectics, Ukulele Lessons and Ukulele Performance Group

All programs take place in the Eric Martin Theatre at 2328 Trent Street.  Use the Fort Street entrance.