Rock On’s after school program at the Boys & Girls club starts October 10th!

Rock On's after school program at the Boys & Girls club starts October 10th!

Members of the Boys & Girls club  from 8 years old and up can apply!

Come Say hi! RO will take the Persip Stage September 15 for 3rd Thursday

fb_img_1473901005616Starting at 6:00pm Rock On is pleased to present Jaedin King, an extraordinary young vocalist, singer songwriter and actress who is an alumni of Rock On Workshop. Jaedin is a student at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown, and is an active participant in the music and drama program there. She is also active in the community and is the 2016 teen age winner of Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire.

She will perform tomorrow night in Williamstown at Waubeeka Golf links along with Doug Banker, Bernadette McMahon, Mike and Sabrina Lewis, Bella Currie, Grace Marks, and Laren Diamond at an event to raise awareness of breast cancer. Jaedin and Friends gather to sing for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer .

fb_img_1473810741427At 6:30 enjoy the classic rock sounds of On Tap featuring RO blogger Elaine Morel on bass and vocals with Rick Costello on vocals, Steve Tracy on guitar, Pete Harrison on guitar and Rick Berrian on drums and vocals. Their music spans the 60’s to the 90’s with music from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, U2 and others..

Don’t forget that tonight’s 3rd Thursday includes Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in support of the Elizabeth Freeman Center who have provided a safety net and a connection to services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Berkshire County. Help out by supporting our male friends who will be stepping out in their best heels collecting pledges for this event!

 

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Rock On! Alumni Profile: Danielle Davis

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Danielle Haley, one of the  vocalists from the camp.

Danielle is currently working on getting her intermediate certificate in Early Childhood Education.

Here are the questions that we asked Danielle as well as her answers!

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you up to?

I am very passionate about the arts and have been in plays, talent shows, and open mics. I also am aiming to get my intermediate certificate in Early Childhood Education.

What instrument(s) do you play?

I sing and play guitar.

What years did you attend Rock On?

I attended Rock On in 2015.

What was your role(s) at Rock On?

My role in Rock On was being a singer of a hard rock band, and I was also in voice lessons, songwriting, and a recording class.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

I plan to continue performing at open mics, talent shows, and try out for the Berkshire Voices competition. I also will work on children’s songs to play at the preschool I intern at.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed band rehearsals the most, being part of a band has been something I’ve wanted for a while and it was a great experience!

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

I have learned new voice exercises, songwriting tips, and ways to adjust my range to certain songs.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

My advice would be to make the most out of your experience, choose the instrument you are most passionate about, use the skills you have learned, and have fun!

It was great catching up with Danielle. Keep checking the Rock On blog for more Alumni Profiles!

 

 

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Keigan Case

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Keigan Case, a keyboard intern from the camp.

Keigan is currently starting his first year of college at Ithaca College!

Here are some of the questions we asked Keigan:

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you up to?

I graduated from McCann Technical high school. Since my junior year, I’ve been working in Dalton at Sinicon Plastics as a work study.

What instrument(s) do you play?

I started on piano and guitar and I’ve picked up drums, bass, melodica, and vocals.

What years did you attend Rock On?

I think I started in 2010 or 2011.

What were your roles at Rock On?

I was a student, but I was able to be an intern for the last three years.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

No, not really, but I plan to be in college.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the social aspect of the camp as well as the learning. And of course I enjoyed playing music the most!

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

I learned so many skills from Rock On. From music theory and improv to how to play on stage and how to sing. Also I learned a lot of jazz and blues.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

I learned that even though a lot of my friends don’t necessarily share the same interest in my music, there’s a place for everything if you just look for it. I learned more about how to help and teach others how to play. I attribute my widespread taste in music to a lot of my friends from Rock On.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

Do it. It’s a wonderful experience. Trying new things may be a little scary but just show up and check out what’s going on. Then once you feel comfortable start talking to people and seeing who has similar interests. I’ve met so many friends and I’ve been introduced to so many new types of music. It’s really expanded my horizons as a musician and a person. Listen to the instructors. Many of them are life long musicians. They know what they are talking about and they have a lot to teach you. Take all that you can from them. Absorb all these things at the camp, whether it be a strange style of music, a hippie guest artist, or some weird scale you’ve never heard of. All of these things will resurface if you decide to continue with music as a career or just recreational. The camp is a great place to open up and learn new things about music and yourself.
It was great catching up with Keigan, keep checking back onto the Rock On Workshop blog, to see more Alumni Profiles!

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Brendon Vincent

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Brendon Vincent, a bassist from the camp.

Brendon Vincent graduated from college last year and is currently working as a process engineer!

Here are some of the questions we asked him as well as his responses.

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What have you been up to?

So I graduated from UMass Amherst May 2015 and was hired to work for a plastics company in Rhode Island shortly after. I’ve been working on a couple personal music projects here and there but mostly as hobbies. I’m slowly trying to put together a solid recording studio but that’s definitely going to be longer term project.

What instrument(s) do you play?

Mostly upright and electric bass.

What years did you attend Rock On?

Oh jeez, uhh I think 2005-2013.

What were your roles at Rock On?

From 2005-2008ish I attended as a camper/student. Afterwards I acted as an intern/staff member. I assisted in the bass master class mostly lead by Jeff Link and would fill in for bands without bassists, which turns out to be a lot more than you’d expect.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

I have a couple hip hop/instrumental projects. I’m shooting to get down the basics of home recording and production so I can put together a place where friends can come to work on and record their music without having to worry about spending boatloads of cash.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

LUNCH. Just kidding, honestly it was a fantastic experience to be surrounded by musicians of all ages and technical levels working together in groups; seeing young musicians in a band setting for the first time is awesome.

Did you gain any new skills from attending Rock On?

I would say that without Rock On, my ability to work within a group of musicians and my listening skills would not have developed as well. Either that or when the time later came when these skills were necessary, picking them up would have been much more difficult.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

Rock On was really cool for me because I went from a kid who could barely play bass to a person who had begun to follow it as a potential career path. One of the things I enjoyed most about my residency as a counselor was that I was able to work directly with students who were all very eager to learn. I even got to teach the bass masterclass a couple of times which was insanely fun. And even though I didn’t end up following through all the way to the end as a professional working musician, music has become an extremely important aspect of my life.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

The biggest thing is to have an open mind. I remember a lot of bands missing out on playing time due to conflict between music choices. Compromise is a large part of working within any kind of group. Once an atmosphere like that is established, you’d be surprised how much fun you can have playing music you don’t necessarily enjoy listening to. There’s always a learning experience somewhere!

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Brady Maroni

This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Brady Maroni, who started off as a guitarist at the camp.

Brady currently attends Pittsfield High School and is working as a dietary aide. Here are some of the questions that we asked him!

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you up to?

I’m a musician. I enjoy writing music and lyrics. I am currently trying out independent recording and putting my ideas into an actual project. I’m a very energetic person and it helps fuel my drive and passion for music.

What instrument(s) do you play?

I mainly play Guitar (Electric & Acoustic), Bass, Piano, and Drums. However, I play Ukulele, Mandolin, and the Harmonica. And I just started taking up the conch shell.

What years did you attend Rock On?

I think I started 2011 and continued to go. (2011-now)

What was your role at Rock On?

I mainly was a guitarist in many bands, but I played piano for some.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

I’m not in a full on band, but I do little projects with other people like playing at open mics.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed getting up in the morning and listening to all sorts of different people playing, different genres and such. I enjoyed working with other people and putting together songs in just a few days. It was a bit of a challenge, but who doesn’t like a challenge? Meeting new people and getting back together with familiar faces…those are the parts I enjoyed the most.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

Of course. The most valuable skill you pick up at Rock On is the ability to work with other people, which is super important in music. I also learned a lot more about recording in the Sonar classes, which is very important to me.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

I guess I learned that you really need to compromise with other people and that everything is not about you. It’s definitely about team work and that you need to adapt to fit everyone’s needs, as hard as it is. I also learned that Kashmir by Led Zeppelin is a ridiculously long song.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

Don’t be intimidated! I tried very hard to get my friend to come to Rock On camp and he was all afraid and said , “ohhh, I’m not gonna be as good as everyone else.” He finally came and was able to fit right in. He really enjoyed the whole experience. You should never be afraid that you are not at the same skill level as other people because working with other people can help you become a better musician.

We loved hearing Brady’s take on the Rock On camp experience! Keep your eyes peeled for more Alumni Profiles!

 

 

 

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Zev Jarret

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Zev Jarret, a saxophonist from the camp.

Zev is currently a student at Lenox Memorial High School. Here are some of the questions we asked him:

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you are up to?

I practice martial arts, take chess fairly seriously, and play a lot of music.

What instrument(s) do you play?

I play sax and guitar.

What years did you attend Rock On?

I attended Rock On from 2011-2015.

What was your role(s) at Rock On?

I was a student and intern at the camp last year.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

I play sax in Redshift (a jazz fusion band), play guitar in a rock group that is just now forming and doesn’t have a name yet, and play sax in various jazz groups.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I really enjoyed the lessons.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

The first year I attended Rock On was the year that I began to really grow as a musician. On top of all of the things I was taught, just being around teachers of such a high caliber gave a lot of transmission that spurred my development.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

Don’t be afraid to mess up because that is what brings on development. If you’re practicing and you sound good, you’re doing it wrong.

It was great catching up with Zev! Keep checking the Rock On workshop blog for more alumni profiles!

 

 

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Tyler Shaw

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Tyler Shaw, a bassist from the camp.

Tyler has just graduated from high school and will be attending Berkshire Community College in the fall for music industry. This year, he was a intern at the Rock On camp.

Here are some of the questions we asked Tyler as well as his responses!

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you up too?

I just graduated from Drury High School. I’ve worked in a lot of the productions there and I plan go to college for music with a focus on the electric bass.

What instrument(s) do you play?

Bass/Guitar

What years did you attend Rock On?

2013/2014

What was your role at Rock On?

I was a student guitar player.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

Yes, I play bass in a rock band called Maple Cap.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I really enjoyed interacting closely with musicians from all over the county. The teachers and professionals that were there were incredibly helpful and fun to work with.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

Every time I went I learned something new.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

Working with new people can be challenging, but you get what you put in.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

Try as much as possible. Opportunity is waiting.

It was great catching up with Tyler! Stay tuned to the Rock On workshop for more alumni profiles!

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Samuel Clemens

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Samuel Clemens, a vocalist and guitarist from the camp.

Samuel is currently a student at Sarah Lawrence College.

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you up to?

I am spending the summer interning at ArtCube.nyc, a startup media company in NYC. I am also working as a contributing writer for The Reading Room, a book review and industry website.

What instrument(s) do you play?

I play the guitar.

What years did you attend Rock On?

I’m not sure of the specific years, but between 2008 and 2013.

What was your role(s) at Rock On?

I was primarily a lead vocalist for the bands I played in, but I played some guitar on the side.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

Not currently.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed meeting new people, creating awesome bands together, and performing at the end. I also loved the songwriting workshops.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

I improved as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and performer.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

I learned that music can change lives.

What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

Learn as much as you can from the incredible faculty and don’t forget to have fun. Also, don’t expect Rock On! to be like the band camps in the movies.

It was great catching up with Samuel, stay tuned for more Rock On, alumni profiles!

Rock On! Alumni Profile: Jared Stalker

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This summer, we are taking some time to catch up with former students from the Rock On! band camp. “Rock On Workshop in the Berkshires is a summer rock music workshop for students and young adults.  Our mission is to provide a platform for aspiring musicians to work with professionals in a supportive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and performance.” We caught up with Jared Stalker, who was a drummer at the camp.

Jared Stalker is currently studying screenwriting at Point Park University, in Pittsburgh PA.

Here are some of the questions we asked Jared:

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you up to?

Besides being a student, I play music with my band or am practicing, watching films, or writing/reading.

.What instrument(s) do you play?

I play the drums!

What years did you attend Rock On?

I believe I started going to “Rock On” in maybe 2010, or 2011 — somewhere around then. And, I think, my last year was 2013.

What was your role(s) at Rock On?

I was put into a bunch of wonderful bands with my time at “Rock On”, and for about a year or so, I played in the “Rock On Orchestra” or “ROO”, which was basically a group of people from the camp put into a band, and we played some cover songs and performed at a few Third Thursdays, and at The Colonial in Pittsfield.

Are you currently in a band and/or working on any projects?

Yeah — I’m in a band now called “Brain Habits”, we have an EP out now called “Wasted Days”, and we’ll be releasing new material this summer, and traveling through the east coast playing shows.

What parts of camp did you enjoy the most?

The parts I enjoyed the most were getting to meet new, and interesting musicians, and getting to make great music in, and outside of camp with them. You never know who you’re going to meet at the camp, and it’s great to try and play with as many different people as you can, and dabble into different genres.

Did you gain any new knowledge or skill?

I gained a lot of great knowledge, as a drummer and songwriter, a lot of great drumming rudiments, techniques, that sorta thing. As a songwriter, I think that I learned more appropriate ways of filling a song, and not overdoing a song, and sometimes putting in fills I wouldn’t normally use, then using the new techniques and incorporating them to my “drumming repertoire”.

What did you learn from your experience at Rock On?

I learned that, besides trying to play with as many people as you can, is that it’s all for the love of music. Everyone is there to feed off of each other, and encourage new skills, and relationships for the future. It’s okay if you think that your skill set isn’t up to par, because no musician believes they’re proficient in every way — and the camp is there to help you become more proficient with new skills.

.What would advice would you give to any new students at Rock On?

For advice, I’d say go in with an open mind, want to learn, and have fun.

It was a blast catching up with Jared. Stay tuned to the Rock On Workshop blog to see what more of our alumni are up to!