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Author's profile photo Peter Langner

SAP TechEd 2013 Amsterdam Jam Band or Band Jam?

This year we had for the first time a SAP Jam Band in the EMEA TechEd in Amsterdam. It was Mark Finnern who organized it and I am thankful, that I could be part of it. Craig Cmehil came up to me and said, that it should not be named Jam Band. It’s code jam, inno jam, demo jam and band jam he said and I must agree with him.

 

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There was not much time for a rehearsal. Even the songs we had to change just the night before the performance. But nevertheless we had a lot of fun. I am very glad, that  Raquel Pereira da Cunha sang the Brazilian song Mas que Nada with us with Marilyn Pratt playing the flute. And Katarina Fischer spontaneously  supported us with her great voice singing Everbody, needs Somebody from the Blues Brothers.

 

The picture shows the whole band. It’s from left to right Jan Penninkhof (keys), Matthias Wild (git, bs), Gregor Wolf (git), Mark Finnern (git, voc), Chris Wheeley (dr), Peter Langner (bs, git), Katarina Fischer, (voc), Raquel Pereira da Cunha (voc) and Marilyn Pratt (fl).

 

I am looking forward to next year and hope, that YOU will join us.

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      Author's profile photo Jan Penninkhof
      Jan Penninkhof

      A lot of fun indeed! Really enjoyed it 🙂

      Author's profile photo Raquel Pereira da Cunha
      Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      Peter,

      it was a pleasure to join you and sing a Brazilian song (even not being a singer at all! 😳 ). Thank you for having the idea of including some Samba in the list of songs and also for being so supportive since the beginning and helping Mark to make this happen in Amsterdam.

      Congratulations to the whole band! We all, for sure, have done our best and had a lot of fun!

      Cheers,

      Raquel

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern

      Raquel Pereira da Cunha wrote:

                             

      Peter,

      it was a pleasure to join you and sing a Brazilian song (even not being a singer at all! 😳 ). Thank you for having the idea of including some Samba in the list of songs and also for being so supportive since the beginning and helping Mark to make this happen in Amsterdam.

      Congratulations to the whole band! We all, for sure, have done our best and had a lot of fun!

      Cheers,

      Raquel

                         

      Singing with you [mostly the refrain], I got goose bumps, because we were able to harmonize and it felt like the whole band came together.

      Thanks Uwe Fetzer for helping us during rehearsal, you were the one suggesting I should at least hum along. Can't wait for next year with you on bass for at least some of the songs 🙂

      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer

      I still can kick myself in the...

      I couldn't join because at this time I had a usability testing session 😥

      At least I had the pleasure to listen to your rehearsal.

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      I'd love to see us return to the original idea of having simple distributed musical instruments (like in a drum circle) that many people could play....less of a performance and more inclusive.  I LOVED that Peter Langner picked up a theme of multi-cultures. Katarina Fischer was a lovely treat (as was the entire ensemble).  We should work to get more folks spontaneously engaged and enthused and participant.  Kudos to all that made this come together. 

      Author's profile photo Raquel Pereira da Cunha
      Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      Marilyn Pratt wrote:

                             

      I'd love to see us return to the original idea of having simple distributed musical instruments (like in a drum circle) that many people could play....less of a performance and more inclusive.  

                         

      That's exactly what I was thinking during our performance, while looking at so many people watching us. It would be great to have both types: having simple musical instruments and also that fantastic band instruments for those who can play.

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern

      Yes, the equipment we had was amazing,

      Marilyn Pratt wrote:

                             

      I'd love to see us return to the original idea of having simple distributed musical instruments (like in a drum circle) that many people could play....less of a performance and more inclusive.  I LOVED that Peter Langner picked up a theme of multi-cultures. Katarina Fischer was a lovely treat (as was the entire ensemble).  We should work to get more folks spontaneously engaged and enthused and participant.  Kudos to all that made this come together. 

                         

      We had amazing equipment and support by pros from the music business. The interesting thing was, that this equipment actually built barriers. With the first setup, we had twice as many monitors to hear ourselves, which created a closed barrier that separated us musicians from the audience.

      If only Ikea still would carry their wooden musical instruments sets, we were ready to run over there and get 5 sets to give out to the audience to make them participate.

      I have some ideas for next time, please help make it happen in Bangalore 🙂

      Author's profile photo Renald Wittwer
      Renald Wittwer

      Peter,

      that was great! Congrat!