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Registration will be open soon for the Fall, 2017 session!

All of the below bands meet weekly and learn cover tunes. Slag meets year round. Participation in performance groups requires either a recommendation from an instructor or an audition. See below for complete details.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Age: Youth, high school
Description: The Foundry's flagship band. We actively pursue gigs throughout the year and have previously booked the band at venues and festivals such as Concerts at McKee, Madison Mallards, Atwood Summerfest, and the Harmony Bar. See below for further eligibilty requirements.

Level: Novice
Age: Youth, middle school
Description: This group is for youth who have gotten a start on their instrument, but would like to try praciticing with a group. Rehearses for an eight-week session and plays a gig.

Level: Novice/Intermediate
Age: Adults
Description: Why should the kids get all the fun right? Same as Beginner Rock Band, only for adults. Good for any level of musicians though we ask that you be able to play up to two songs. Rehearses for an eight-week session and plays a gig.

Full schedule information to be posted soon

Foundry Rock Band (FRB): Saturdays, 11am-1pm, September-May with a summer option
Beginner Rock Band (BRB): Sundays, 12-1:30pm beginning in October, 2017
Adult Rock Band (ARB): Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm beginning in October, 2017

FRB: Payments are made monthly. Students commit to a season with an option to continue on for the summer. Foundry Students - $59/month, General public (up to 12th grade) -$69/month**
BRB: $150 | $120 Current Foundry Students
ARB: $200 | $150 Current Foundry Students

**Students who are not enrolled in lessons at the Foundry or Rock Workshop may be elligible if there is room in the group. To check on availability of spots email us.


  • Must be a private lesson student at Madison Music Foundry, be recommended by an instructor, and be a high school senior or equivalent or younger;*
  • OR
  • Within the past six months student has enrolled in or applied to Rock Workshop and is recommended by the coach and/or auditioner;*
  • OR
  • Student is a high school senior or equivalent or younger and passes an audition. A recommendation from a private or school teacher is preferred.

*If we receive multiple recommendations for the same spot, we may hold auditions.

It is our hope that the group has multiple members on each instrument. Our goal is to have two drummers, two bassists, 3-4 guitars, and 1-2 keyboards. We can accept a much larger number of vocalists and other instruments (horns or strings). Maximum enrollment is 10.


  • Attendance - It's expected that everyone tries to make it to every rehearsal. Recognizing that reality doesn't always meet our expectations, it will be up to the coach to decide whether a student is ready for  a performance based on rehearsal attendance.
  • Performances - We are finding new performances all the time. We'll contact the group regarding each performance to see if enough members are available to make it happen. We will always give as much advance notice as possible. Plus if we have some redundancy in instrumentation, this allows for greater flexibility for scheduling gigs, and hopefully creates opportunities for you to play more tunes.

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Stefan Truesdell



Steve has been playing guitar, touring and recording for over 25 years. He studied at Lakeshore Conservatory and at UW-Whitewater where he learned marketing skills which helped his alt-metal band Dead Fly Boy land a record deal with Sector II Records. He has toured the U.S. repeatedly in notable acts such as the reggae group Natty Nation and funk group Weapons of Mass Defunktion.

Steve finds teaching to be one of the most rewarding parts of being a musician. He wants students to get the most out of lessons whether they are beginning students with no or few musical skills, already versed in music theory, currently performing musicians, or itching to do something with that guitar that's been sitting around gathering dust in the corner. He is versed in multiple styles and wants students to feel comfortable with themselves and work at a pace that's right for them. Full Bio (pdf)

Erik Kjelland



2016 Artist of the Year (Mascot Theory) - Madison Area Music Awards
2015 Winner of 105.5 Triple M's Project M Songwriting Competition

Singer/songwriter Erik Kjelland has been writing songs over the years almost as an addiction, with over 17 albums of original music recorded with various bands and side projects (The Mascot Theory, Kerosene Kites, Fallen Roadies, Crimson Vim, Midtempo Monsters). His styles range from Beatles-inspired singer/songwriter pop to modern rock to alt-country. Currently he fronts acclaimed folk rock band The Mascot Theory and has recorded three full length albums with this band of Americana troubadours, the most recent album being recorded in Madison, WI and mixed/mastered in Nashville, TN. The Mascot Theory has won 11 Madison Area Music Association Awards (MAMAs) over the past two years including the coveted 2016 Artist of the Year Award.

Under the band name Kerosene Kites, Kjelland and Madison music scene veteran Beth Kille released a two-time MAMA winning album of original holiday/winter songs in 2014 called North Star Sessions and they plan to release a follow up holiday covers album in 2016. Kjelland won the 105.5 Triple M Radio "Project M" songwriting competition in 2015, and has been involved with both the Americana Music Association and Nashville Songwriters Association.

Learn more about Erik and The Mascot Theory

Kai Andersen



Kai has been playing and performing on the drums for more than 20 years. His music career started in the second grade playing piano. Drums and guitar soon followed, and he has been playing ever since. Kai has played in many original rock bands over the last twenty years, recording and touring regionally, and has opened for such acts as Linkin Park, Los Lobos, and Seether. He has a B.A. in Journalism from UW-Milwaukee and is a DJ on 94.1FM WJJO. He has been teaching drums professionally since 2001. From beginner to advanced, Kai believes that music lessons should be as entertaining as they are challenging. He is proficient in styles ranging from funk to metal and blues to reggae, and lessons have to always be fun.