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Local kids rock Summerfest

Deliberate Mishap band members Callie Richardson (keys), Josh Cuevas (guitar), Lindsay Giammalvo (drums), Bryan Betts (drums), Emily McCreight (bass), Sean McCreight (guitar) perform three songs on stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

The house band, Deliberate Mishap, at the School of Rock in Franklin recently traveled to Milwaukee, Wisc., to perform in a Battle of the Bands at the 45th anniversary of “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” known as Summerfest. The event is a chance for the music industry’s biggest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to come together and create live music in a world-class setting with other music lovers and make lifelong memories.

Franklin band, Deliberate Mishap, one of 30 bands from 15 states and 21 schools competed in the GEMBA competition for a piece of a $50,000 cash prize. The students were the only non-professional musicians performing at the festival that annually attracts almost 900,000 people, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young artists.

“This was an opportunity for these young musicians to come together, meet other musicians and have a good time playing rock and roll,” said Angie McCreight, owner and teacher of School of Rock Franklin. “Summerfest is an opportunity to play in front of crowds in a venue they probably would otherwise never get to play.”

Band members Callie Richardson (keyboartd), Josh Cuevas (guitar), Lindsay Giammalvo (drums), Bryan Betts (drums), Emily McCreight (bass), Sean McCreight (guitar) performed three songs. They were judged by several well-known musicians including Halford guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak; guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Jim Peterik of the band Survivor; guitarist Earl Slick, who has worked with luminaries such David Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Robert Smith; Bruce Kulick, guitar player for Grand Funk Railroad and Stray Cats drummer, Slim Jim Phantom.

“[The kids] learned a lot of lessons – the biggest lesson, be humble,” McCreight said. “Our kids were very humble. They congratulated and supported everyone and stayed to watch everyone. They had a great time – they made a lot of memories.”

According to McCreight, in general, students at the School of Rock live and breathe music. They are learning all genres of rock and roll music from classic rock and the evolvement of the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, to alternative, southern rock and heavy metal.

“They play a lot of well-known musicians, as well,” McCreight said. “They are interested in different facets of the music business – sound engineer, guitar technician, session and studio musicians. A lot of kids don’t want to be the front man; they want to be behind the scenes. The future of music is in good hands.”

Posted on: 7/12/2013


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