The students of the Fall 2016 took the stage at Billy Blues Bar and Grill in Hazel Dell, and burned through a six song set. They spent eight weeks learning new songs and, for some, new instruments. Two of the songs were even in mixed meter (unusual counts of 6, 7, and 8, instead of the usual 4). Congratulations on a job well done!
The NW Rock Academy was featured in today’s edition (Sunday, August 21, 2016) of The Columbian in an article about the Invitational Youth Jam at Billy Blues Bar and Grill in Hazel Dell. We have been privileged to participate in the youth jam for over a year, and were excited to be a part of that evening’s events. The students did great, and the Rock Academy is proud of their performance. The article highlights the guitar work of student Kristian Pedersen and mentions Zoe King as the only female member of the group. The Rock Academy would also like to note the following about the students performing that evening:
Jackson Golik – awesome hard core rock vocals and solid bass playing
Brayden Sofianos – solid grooves and drive from the drums
Aaron Tuchardt – great guitar work, and patient instruction of the students in his role as summer intern
Zoe King – not only the only female of the current group, but a new Academy student with only six weeks of rehearsals keeping up with students who have been involved with the Academy for three to five years
This was a great group of students, and the Academy is thankful that Scott Hewitt and the The Columbian shared their efforts, alongside those of Kerry Movassagh, Federico Pol, Billy Blues Bar and Grill, and Music World with the rest of their readership.
It’ been an incredibly busy summer at the Rock Academy. The students of Summer 1 put on three performances. They started off rocking the crowd at Billy Blues, and then went on to lay it down in Battle Ground, first from a float in the Harvest Days Parade, and then from the stage at the Harvest Days Festival.
Several of the students from Summer 1 continued on to Summer 2. Their first performance came two weeks into rehearsal in front of a reporter and photographer from The Columbian at the Billy Blues Invitational Youth Jam. The second was an hour long set in front of the Battle Ground community outdoors at National Night out. They wrapped it up with two performances in the last weekend; one from The Columbian Community stage at the Clark County Fair, the other at a classic car rally and fund raiser for the Columbia Academy. They performed over 18 songs during the course of four weeks, including some of the most challenging material the Academy has attempted to date.
Congratulations to both groups for outstanding effort and performance.
We’ve added new performance dates to our summer sessions.
In addition to the Battle Ground Harvest Days Parade and Billy Blues, Summer 1 will be returning to the Battle Ground Harvest Days stage.
Summer 2 will be returning to the Clark County Fair this year.
To find out more about these sessions, be sure to visit our Programs page.
The students of Spring 2016 just finished a record setting session. They gave four performances from a setlist of twelve songs! After performing at Billy Blues, Front Porch, and Dozer Days, they wrapped up the session back at Billy Blues last night. They performed an eleven song set, and when the audience demanded more, they played two again for an encore. Congratulations on a job well done!
What are you doing this summer? We have some great plans this summer for Rock Academy students.
Our Summer 1 program will have the students perform aboard a float in the Battle Ground Harvest Days parade. Last year’s students did this, and it was a blast for them to watch the crowd sing along to the music as they performed from a moving stage.
Our Summer 2 program is opening the Academy to horn players for the first time. In addition to vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums and bass, we’re looking for trumpets, trombones, and sax.
Space in there programs is limited, so check them out and sign up today!
Our first ever Alumni Jam was held at Billy Blues in Hazel Dell on January 31. The students rehearsed and performed a five song set in one weekend. The students worked really hard to learn the songs, and had the crowd whooping, hollering, and calling for more. Our next jam is scheduled for February 28.