The showcase will happen at the newly opened Slope Lounge in the heart of Park Slope on Union Street. Families, friends and lovers of rock are encouraged to come and enjoy a great show featuring the up-and-coming rock talent at BMS.
Featuring 11 of the 12 rock bands at the Brooklyn Music School, our annual Rock Showcase is not to be missed. The show will include:
The Artist Certificate Ensemble
Saturday 3 pm Rock Band
Saturday 1 pm Rock Band
Backyard Silver Tree
Arts Reaching Youth Rock Band
Arts Reaching Youth Jr. Rock Band
MS8 Rock Band (Outreach program)
Saturday 4 pm Rock Band
Saturday 5 pm Rock Band
"For 110 years, BMS has had a strong tradition in classical music and in recent years jazz as well,” says Piruz Partow, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Music School, “and we are very proud of the growth and quality of our rock program. It really is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds, ages, and interests, who get to play with and for each other. It really embodies the community music school experience."
Alex Rivers, Rock Department Chair, shared, "We are really privileged to have a world-class theater at our beautiful building in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, but we also give the students an opportunity to perform in a professional NYC live music venue, such as the Slope Lounge."
Rock at the Brooklyn Music School
The first BMS rock band was founded in 2006 by Piruz Partow (Executive Director) when he was a guitar faculty member at the Brooklyn Music School. Since the first rock band in 2006, BMS now has 12 rock bands currently learning and performing throughout the year. The rock bands have members ranging in age from as young as 5 years old in our “Groove Theory” Rock Band to adults in our “Motown Mondays” rock band. Rock bands at BMS are generally one hour classes that meet once a week and are open to players beyond the beginning level. Rock ensembles at BMS are a great opportunity for our students to see the results of their learning and practice through collaboration and group performances. BMS provides its ensembles with numerous unique showcase opportunities in our theatre and around the NYC area throughout the year. Recent notable performances include a Jimi Hendrix Tribute with Nels Cline (of Wilco), Sean Ono Lennon, and “Captain” Kirk Douglass (of The Roots), as well as Grammy winning singer for all ages, Dan Zanes.