2011-08-18 / Scene

Student bands the west stage ROCK

BY JACOB HUNSANGER
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Third Degree Burns guitarist Brian Jenkins plays to the audience. Third Degree Burns guitarist Brian Jenkins plays to the audience. LAPEER — River Street Music & Cafe is holding a special concert from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 20 on the Lapeer Days Festival west stage, directly in front of the music store. The School of Rock program will perform for audiences and fair visitors as another round of students graduate from the program.

With band members ranging from children to adult bands, the School of Rock program allows local intermediate level musicians to come together and work on their skills in a band setting. At the beginning of the 10 week program, the band members pick a handful of songs that they will learn to play together and eventually perform. Meeting once a week to work on their set list, everyone in the programs not only improves their personal skills, but also learns what it takes to get along with other musicians on stage.


Allyson Jackson sings with the student band Third Degree Burns. 
Photos by Jacob Hunsanger Allyson Jackson sings with the student band Third Degree Burns. Photos by Jacob Hunsanger Previous School of Rock students have said that the program makes them realize that they are not the only ones on stage, and the most successful bands do not have one “star” and several backup performs. Rather, the success of the band comes from each member trying their best to make the whole band looked good and sound good.

At the Lapeer Days concert, several student bands will perform a variety of rock music, from classic rock favorites to contemporary hits and everything in between.

Another rocking student band, Third Degree Burns, will light up the west stage from 8:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, following the School of Rock performance at the Lapeer Days Festival. The band, comprised entirely of local students, is the public face of the Young Musicians Community.

Students will perform classic rock favorites from bands like Guns ‘N Roses, Kansas, Bob Seger and Pat Benatar. The band is made up of over 20 student musicians, all of whom have learned stage presence, choreography and crowd bantering as well as the music itself.

Gary Burns, of Hadley, has instructed and managed the band for over six years. In that time, over a hundred students have gone through the program. The project teaches students the skills they need to succeed in music, introduces them to new friends and raises their confidence through public appearances.

Third Degree Burns always gives a fun, fast paced and impressively talented concert. The band has already performed at many festivals and locations this summer, entertaining audiences at the Blueberry Festival, the PIX Theatre and Hadley’s Fourth of July celebration.



Charlie Alicini, Brandon Pretty, Kenny Stimac and Kala Cousineau practice for School of Rock. 
Phogo by Jacob Hunsanger Charlie Alicini, Brandon Pretty, Kenny Stimac and Kala Cousineau practice for School of Rock. Phogo by Jacob Hunsanger

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