My daughter said she wanted to learn how to play the bass guitar. Her name is Lindsey and she was 17 years old, the same age I started playing the acoustic guitar, back in 1971. I was all for this because I know how much pleasure my guitar has provided me for most of my life.
She joined something called “The School of Rock” in Frisco TX
She went to a music store to get her guitar adjusted, musicians call this “setting up your guitar” which means getting the strings and guitar neck adjusted so that the guitar sounds better and is easier to play. While she was at the guitar store, she passed another place called “School of Rock” On the window they talk about music lessons, concerts and rock bands.
She gave them a call and signed up to get started. I agreed to pay for her lessons and was excited that she found something that held her interest. This turned out to be a significant decision in her life. She started taking lessons and was soon playing with other musician students. As it turns out, the School of Rock is not your ordinary music lesson studio!
The School of Rock (A.K.A. SOR) actually plays in real venues
As the kids learn how to play their instruments, they also learn how to play together. The form several rock bands and play local venues. The audience is usually made up of proud parents, snapping pictures and video taping the performances. This is when I learned about the “House Band.” The “House Band” is a rock group that every School of Rock location forms from their top students.
This causes competition between musicians, which gives the kids an incentive to work hard and practice more on their own. Lindsey worked hard and made the house band in less than one year.
Several times each month, Lindsey gets to play in professional venues such as, The Curtain Club, House of Blues, Six Flags over Texas, Lava Cantina in The Colony and Box Garden in Frisco. She even went to Austin one weekend to play in SXSW (South by Southwest).
The School of Rock Continental Tour.
Lindsey told me that she was trying out for a special SOR tour that travels all over the USA for 2 weeks playing a different venue each night. She explained that this was a band made up of the best of the best SOR locations in several states, and she was interested in trying out.
Lindsey had to write an essay, produce a music video, and go through an audition in front of a panel of judges. She worked extra hard and was excepted into the 2018 SOR Continental Tour.
Traveling by bus, playing a gig every night in a different city for 15 nights in a row.
This is as close as you can get to actually stepping into the lifestyle of a professional rock band member.
Here was their schedule:
- 7/01/18 Dallas
- 7/02/18 Wichita
- 7/03/18 Kansas City
- 7/04/18 St Louis
- 7/05/18 Chicago
- 7/06/18 Milwaukee
- 7/07/18 Milwaukee
- 7/08/18 Milwaukee
- 7/09/18 Detroit
- 7/10/18 Cleveland
- 7/11/18 Ft Wayne
- 7/12/18 Columbus
- 7/13/18 Indianapolis
- 7/14/18 Memphis
- 7/15/18 Dallas
This is Lindsey’s last year/month with the SOR
SOR teaches kids from about 4 years old through 18. When you reach 18, then you age out of the program. This is her last month, and now I am wondering what’s next. It’s going to be hard to find something as exciting as the SOR. A little sad for me and her, I’m sure. That’s the way life is, and it is time to move on.
I am thankful for the School of Rock and their well thought out program for the experience and growth they provided my daughter, as I said before, this isn’t your ordinary music lesson studio.