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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:52 am | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

What do you get when you mix a bass guitarist, a tuba player, a xylophone player, an opera singer and an accordion player? You get the makings of a wacky band, that’s what.

A variety of musicians and singers are needed for the Pick Up Band League, a grouping of musicians from all sorts of backgrounds who come together for one day to form impromptu bands, compose pieces, practice all day then perform that night. Think of it as a hodgepodge of talent forging new boundaries in the Fairbanks music scene.

“The concept is that we make five new bands out of Fairbanks local musicians and have them practice all day then perform that night,” coordinator Isaac Paris wrote in an email to us. “We are looking for fresh blood!”

Vocalists are invited, and the league is looking for more than just standard rock guitarists and drummers. “If you play something weird or unusual that makes the band stand out, that helps,” Paris said.

The newly formed bands will play at the pub at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Oct. 13. So far, Paris said he has 19 musicians of assorted backgrounds participating but he is looking for about 25 performers so the league can be broken into five bands.

“We have had tubas join rock bands. We have had opera students singing rap covers,” Paris wrote. “The competition is really fierce and friendly.”

For more information on the league or to join, email Paris at or call 347-9274. The event is for those over the age of 21, and Paris asks that you list the instruments you play in your email.   

Contact Features Editor Gary Black at 459-7504, by email at or on Twitter at @FDNMfeatures.  


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