Kids from the
The two-week summer program, which is put on by
"We just want to give them a toolkit to say, 'Here's how you rehearse a band, here's how you organize everything from the ground up,'" Biela said.
In this year's group, Biela said he is seeing more veteran musicians, including some who have been a part of the program for five or six years. With more experienced musicians familiar with the program, Biela said the bands have more time to become more advanced.
In some situations, Biela said some students even branch out and practice instruments they may not have been interested in when they first joined the program. Biela said one band member began as a bass player, but eventually learned how to sing lead and back-up vocals when his band needed him.
"We needed somebody else singing chorus, and he didn't want to do it," Biela said. "So we put him in on the song but after practice, he was like, 'This is really fun.' Now he's starting to see himself in another light. So that's always part of what's interesting about
The group will perform "Lonely Boy," by
"I usually practice by myself, so getting together and playing with a band has really helped me become a better guitarist," he said.
While the program currently is offered for only two weeks in the summer, Biela said he would like to see a second concert next year, held during the spring semester. Biela said he also hopes to eventually create a year-long program where
But even with this year's short time with his bands, Biela said he has enjoyed watching his students become better and more experienced musicians.
"They make the hard decisions they have to make along the way, whether it's stepping into a role they're not comfortable with or stepping out of a role they are comfortable with," he said. "I love that stuff. That's the best stuff."
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