AMS Sound Education Outreach Bands & Ensembles
Bringing music students together to connect with peers, with professional artists, and with the community as a whole.
Our Sound Education outreach program consists of student bands, led by AMS teachers, soloists, and faculty members that perform for under-served and under-represented members of our community.
For students looking to take their music skills to the next level, AMS Sound Education Outreach bands provide young musicians the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform as a band.
Ensemble directors work with students to create a unique set of songs each semester that best suits their interests, skills, and goals. Students entering the program should have some experience on their instrument, and be able to read sheet music, tab, and/or chord charts. Previous experience playing in a band is welcome, but not required.
AMS bands have graced the stages of The Orange Peel, LEAF, Downtown After Five, Barnaroo, and Isis Music Hall. Students will also participate in a community outreach concert, using music to bring joy to those in need. Sites include hospitals, assisted living centers, and veterans’ shelters. Through this experience, students learn the valuable lesson of giving back, and also earn volunteer hours for school.
For more info, or to book one of our bands, email Executive Director Ryan Reardon: email@example.com
Ensemble member payment and registration available online:
MINØR, (A.K.A. AMS ROCK BAND) LED BY ALEC FEHL:
9th – 12th grade students (ages 14-18) playing classic and contemporary rock music.
Rehearses every Saturday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, year-round
Tuition is due January 1, April 1, July 1, & October 1.
SKUMURK DUF (formerly RADIOACTIVE COWS), LED BY KYLIE IRVIN:
4th to 7th grade students (ages 9-12) that enjoy playing classic rock and alternative covers from bands such as Nirvana, The Clash, and The Beatles. Students will learn about how to collaborate in a band, develop their part on their individual instrument, stage presence, basic chords, and how to navigate the form of a song.
REHEARSALS: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
AUDITIONING: Radioactive Cows are looking for singers! Contact Ryan Reardon at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
All Apologies- Nirvana
Feliz Navidad- José Feliciano
Happy Xmas (War is Over)- John Lennon
Just a Girl- No Doubt
Revolution- The Beatles
Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry
Should I Stay or Should I Go- The Clash
Sunshine of Your Love- Cream
When I Come Around- Green Day
Wild Thing- The Troggs
DOLLARS ON ICE, LED BY ANDY JOHN
These teenagers are playing hard rock, ska, and even a little country. With a trombonist in the group, they have been able to expand their dimensions to include songs with horns.
REHEARSALS: Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
AUDITIONING: Guitar, bass, saxophone, and trumpet
Folsom Prison Blues
Seven Nation Army
LIMINAL SPACES, LED BY BRYCE ROBERTSON
High school students learning indie pop and rock songs.
Rehearses every Friday, 6:00-7:00 pm. No summer rehearsals
AUDITIONING: Bass players
DR. FUNKY SQUIRREL, LED BY RYAN KIJANKA
Eclectic mix of rock, funk, and bit of metal. Rehearses every Monday, 6pm-7:30 pm.
FIDDLE SQUAD, LED BY PAUL STROEBEL & HOLLEY ROSS
Various ages of string students playing fiddle tunes in a group setting.
Rehearses periodically, and during the week before a performance.
POCKET CHANGE, LED BY ANDY JOHN:
6th to 10th grade students playing classic and contemporary rock music. Tuition is due January 1, September 1.
Rehearses every Thursday, 6:45-8:15 pm. No summer rehearsals
THIRD TO LAST, LED BY GABRIELLE TEE:
8th – 12th grade students, performing music across a wide range of decades and genres. Tuition is due January 1, September 1.
Rehearses every other Saturday, 1:30-3:30 pm. No summer rehearsals.
WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO JOIN
- Ensembles welcome all instruments and skill levels, including acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, bass, piano/keyboards, percussion/drums, vocals, wind, brass, and string instruments.
- Private lessons are recommended, but not required, to prepare for auditions, rehearsals, and performances. AMS can recommend a great teacher for your instrument and learning style.
- Ensemble membership requires dedicated participation. Students are expected to be in attendance for all rehearsals and performances.
- To audition, or for any questions, contact Executive Director Ryan Reardon at email@example.com, or call (828) 252-6244. Most ensembles welcome new members throughout the year.