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NVUS 4th Sun Monthly Jams & Songs (Sep 2023)

NVUS 4th Sun Monthly Jams & Songs (Sep 2023)


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed


Ono Offshore
4515 Daly Drive, Suite N, Chantilly, VA, 20151

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This is a regular monthly meeting; so, come one, come all — beginners, too. RSVP early or as soon as you know you can make it — even after the event to ensure proper headcount.

PSA: We are now meeting in person at Ono Brewing Company’s Offshore facility. We will do our best, but focus will be on the LIVE. This Zoom link as shown here is different that the Zoom for Primer or Open Mic. Really hope to see you in person at Ono Offshore. Chairs, tables provided. Table top songbook and uke stands recommended.

This Society Jams & Songs is for Society members and their guests. Focus is on group fun, hopefully to have fun and getting ready to do Society events like performing at the Adult Assisted Living facilities.

If the technology behaves, we may have a Zoom session running. If you prefer to attend virtually, click this link to be taken to the meeting:

NVUS Song books are online in our file folders. These are arrangements specifically for NVUS use at jams and performances.

Jams format:

  1. Admin/Announcements: We will try to do admin (like go over uke fest and upcoming concerts, workshops, etc.) at the very beginning; and a reminder at the end.
  2. Society members led songs: Make sure you bring copies up to the front table that is reserved for the NVUS jam leader and sound lead. Minimum copies should be around 15 (~1 per table). Ideally, 1 per person. Optimally, 75% of those who RSVP’d. Remember to post your song to the Society files (“Monthly Jams Folder”).
  3. Signature songs: Will be played some time during the entire jams meeting. In general, you can count on Sweet Wahine being the last song we play. Since every one is warmed up and bashfulness tossed aside, should get more solo players, right?

Society Member Led Songs:

  • Know your song enough — this isn’t lessons but a jam session.  Also, you “CAN” just jump into a song, but a well led song has generally 3 parts: An Intro, The song, and the ending/outro.  Think about and give attending advanced and intermediate members a chance to solo in your song — if you’re comfortable with it.
  • Help your fellow members — announce the key, progression if you know it, strum if you can describe it (e.g. Calypso/Do Wop – DxDUxUDU, etc).
  • Help for You — There are always some brave Society members who would help, if you ask.  If you want back up (UBass, Fills/Breaks, Harmony singing), it would be nice for you to pre-coordinate — but ask the leads, they might be able to wing it that day.

NVUS Leaders/Teachers Led Songs:

  • Typically out of The Society song books — most common are Fox on the Run, Shady Grove, Molokai Slide, 5 foot 2, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, NVUS Banana Boat Song, My Little Grass Shack, and Under the Boardwalk, to name a few
  • Lesson Exercise Songs — could be any one of the songs used in group lessons. These are usually found in the NVUS Jams Catalog
  • Same as Society Member Led Songs — see above.

Key to jams — Keep it simple, simple, simple; and play, play, play — and most of all



RSVPs are closed for this event.

Members who are attending/attended this meeting:
  • Moses Kamai
  • David Bartell
  • Bob Gibson
  • Ernie Dellinger
  • Catherine Miranda
  • Rebecca Eng


  1. Don’t forget you need to RSVP all events for this day, not just this one if you’re attending some or all of the events.

  2. Some have come out to the fundraising event the Society and our Ensemble participated in at Cedar Run Brewery. We did well in a short 2 hour presentation. We raised over $2,300 and had/have a few trickling in afterwards. Our jams was short, SO, …

    We will jam on all of the songs, or as many as we can, that we planned for the Aloha One Strum at a Time fundraiser! See you all soon!

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