Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rock School student goes from video games to concert stage

He started with the video game Rock Band. Like a lot of kids his age, Matthew Sichterman, 15, of Tarpon Springs, enjoyed banging the drums of the popular game.
“That was my formal training. It just came naturally, I guess, after a while,” said Matthew. A couple of years later, he now plays drums for two different bands.
Matthew will be performing along with 15 other bands at the upcoming Rock School Blowout on April 7 on the Riverwalk.
As a homeschool student, Matthew started an informal band with a couple of kids from his homeschool co-op. They'd get together and jam, and even had a gig playing for their homeschool winter formal dance.
This year, he decided to expand his repertoire and join the Rock School program at the Patel Conservatory.
“He wanted to experience a different sort of atmosphere with different bandmates,” explained his mom, Kim Sichterman.

"it's the best, I look forward to it every week," said Matthew. "It's great to play with other people and jam with them every week."
A versatile performer, Matthew also plays guitar, bass and keyboards, and enjoys singing and acting. His homeschool group recently wrote a screenplay and shot and acted in their own short film.
He’ll stretch his performance skills further at the Rock School Blowout as he takes on vocals.
“It’ll be fun singing in front of people I don’t know, which I’ve never done before. It’ll be cool,” said Matthew.

His Rock School band Wasteful Youth, includes Daniel Wilson, guitar, Sarah Aloia, bass, Stefan Swaans, guitar, Parker Wilkson, piano and Ryan Guard, guitar.

The band will perform Nights of Cydonia by Muse, and Already Gone by Bayside.
Check out Matthew and all our Rock School bands in our biggest Rock School Blowout yet!
This free outdoor concert will be April 7 at 1 p.m. on the Riverwalk at the Straz Center.

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