Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Free Rock School Blowout concert this Saturday

Learning to the play the guitar, and learning to play the guitar with a band are two different things, according to Daniel Wilson.
Playing in a band is “definitely 100% more fun,” said Wilson, 15, from Hyde Park, a guitarist in our Rock School program.
Wilson and his band will be performing in this Saturday’s Rock School Blowout concert on the Riverwalk, along with 9 other bands.
“When you practice by yourself, if you mess up, you correct yourself and restart,” he said. “But when you play with a band, you can’t stop.You have to keep going and act like nothing happened. It’s a whole different skill set.”
Having been in the Rock School program since 5th grade, he’s had all three of our Rock School instructors.
“They’re all great,” said Wilson. “You pick a song, and they’ll have you playing the full song in an hour. All the parts, all the sounds, it’s amazing. I don’t know how they do it.”
Over the years, Wilson has picked up some bass and drums, having to wear different hats according to what the band needs.
Chris Kelly, 16, a junior at Jesuit High School, has also been in Rock School for years, starting with guitar and picking up some drums and bass along the way.
“Lee [Ahlin] is great. He can teach you pretty much anything you want to learn,” said Kelly,  who’s also performing with his band His Boy Elroy this Saturday.
“I actually can’t wait [for the concert], it should be a lot of fun,” he said.
If you play an instrument, or think you want to learn to play in a band, come check these guys out this Saturday at 1 p.m. It's free!
“It’s a full blown concert with the mics, amplifiers, full sound team on the mixing board, said Wilson. “It’s definitely something you have to experience as a musician.”

For those interested in signing up for Rock School this summer, placement auditions (sounds scarier than it is... it's just to place you in the appropriate band for your skill level) will be May 21 and June 4, both starting at 1 p.m. RSVP for auditions by calling our music department at 222-1273.

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