• Launched in January 2011, TACO has grown to a robust group of 60 to 70 regular players
  • Our name was inspired by the Really Terrible Orchestra (RTO) of Scotland
  • The word “terrible” is a joke, meant to convey inclusiveness of everyone; sometimes we’re tragic, other times we’re terrific!
  • Musicians of all skill levels from beginners to local music teachers share an afternoon of music making; more experienced musicians use TACO to practice a second or third instrument; less experienced musicians learn how to play in an ensemble, many for the first time
  • Our huge library of music includes arrangements for full orchestra, from baroque and classical to pop and show tunes
  • We don’t rehearse for performances, this is a social orchestra with monthly gatherings; we offer occasional performance opportunities, which are always optional for musicians
  • New music provided every month which you can practice ahead if you wish, or practice your sight-reading skills at the gathering
  • To participate in TACO you must be able to laugh at mistakes
  • We meet on the fourth Sunday of each month, from September through June, from 2 to 5 pm, with occasional added opportunities
  • Gatherings include a brief social time for musicians to network, share ideas and resources
  • Friends and family are always welcome to attend, listen and observe our process
  • Musicians bring their instrument, a music stand, their music, an appetizer to share occasionally, and lots of good humor!

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