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Students rock out after school

Program gets kids involved in music with real concert atmosphere

Posted: December 28, 2008 8:09 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 4:55 a.m.

A six-week after-school rock program sponsored by Hubbadaddy's musical rehearsal studio in Santa Clarita culminated recently in a Holiday Hubbalah Rock Concert at Vincenzo's Pizza in Newhall.

"Most of the kids haven't played in a band format before, and the main goal of the program is to give kids the opportunity to perform in such a format," said Hubbadaddy's owner, Kevin Cloud.

Five bands from Hubbadaddy's After School Rock program joined in the fourth annual event Dec. 21, playing songs such as "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, and "Seize The Day" by Avenged Sevenfold.

"It's not like the typical recital performance at all," Cloud said.

Cloud tried to create a genuine concert atmosphere, with a full sound system and full stage lighting, provided by Kevin Lieberman of Higher Level Productions.

The concert was videotaped and recorded on DVD.

The After School Rock program, for kids aged 10 to 18, involves a 90-minute rehearsal each week for six weeks, followed by a concert. During the rehearsals, students and a band coach choose songs to perform, then work together to break down the songs.

Students are given the responsibility of practicing individually during the week so they can prepare for the next session.

"This absolutely teaches important life skills, such as teamwork, and gives them a chance to build camaraderie," said Cloud. "The students learn how to play dynamically with each other, and must depend on the others in their group to practice and perform the music."

Finally, after the six weeks of practice and training, all the bands are invited to perform in a realistic concert setting. Family and friends are allowed to watch the students display the final result of their hard work.

"The program and concert provides a great outlet for the students," Cloud said. "The reception is always great."

Skill levels of the students range from beginner to intermediate, but Cloud said, "Some kids are exceptionally talented - real standouts."

Parents and adults also showed interest in playing music with others of the same age, so Cloud plans to begin adult sessions in 2009.

Hubbadaddy's Studios, which plans to merge with Join The Band, another music company, will hold its first session of 2009 on Jan. 5.


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