FOUNDRY ROCK BANDS: SLAG AND SANDBLASTERS

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WE ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING TRYOUTS FOR SLAG ON DRUMS, GUITAR, AND KEYS. 

Deadline is September 12. See below for more info.

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

We also have an adult band, FORGE, depending on interest. If you'd like to be a member of FORGE, please email us at education@madisonmusicfoundry.com.

SLAG
YOUTH ROCK BAND
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Age: 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.
OPENINGS: Drums, Guitar, Keys

SANDBLASTERS
YOUTH ROCK BAND
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: Middle school, early high school
Description: This group is for youth who have gotten a start on their instrument, but would like to try practicing with a group. Rehearses for an eight-week session and plays a gig.
OPENINGS: TBA


SCHEDULE**
SLAG: Saturdays, 11am-1pm, September 7-May 16 (plus an optional summer session);

No Rehearsals:
November 30
December 21
January 4
April 11 

SANDBLASTERS: Saturdays, 1:30-3pm, September 7-December 14

No Rehearsals:
November 30

GIGS
SLAG:
September 15 4pm-6pm Willy St. Fair
October 13 3pm-6pm Harmony Bar
November TBD
December 15 11am-4pm Student Showcase at the High Noon Saloon

Sandblasters:
September 15 4pm-6pm Willy St. Fair
October 13 3pm-6pm Harmony Bar
December 15 11am-4pm Student Showcase at the High Noon Saloon

Contact us for more information about SLAG's/Sandblaster's schedules or see full calendar.

REGISTRATION DATES
SLAG: Deadline to sign up for tryouts is September 5.
Tryout details
Click here to register 


SANDBLASTERS: TBA

COST
SLAG:
$74/mo | $64/mo Current Foundry Students - monthly payments
OR  $317.50 | $275 Current Foundry Students - as two-payment set-up, with second payment due January 15th
OR $635 | $550 Current Foundry Students - one-time payment

SANDBLASTERS:
$69 | $59 Current Foundry Students - monthly payments
OR $256 | $220 Current Foundry Students - one-time payment

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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;*
  • AND/OR
  • Pass an audition. For youth a recommendation from a private or school teacher is preferred.

*If we receive multiple recommendations for the same spot, we may hold auditions for current students as well.

GROUP SIZE
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.

EXPECTATIONS

  • 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.

QUESTIONS?
Please send an email to education@madisonmusicfoundry.com.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Stefan Truesdell

STEFAN TRUESDELL

SLAG

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)

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Riley Heninger

RILEY HENINGER

SANDBLASTERS

Riley specializes in drum set, but also has an extensive background with playing concert percussion and world percussion. During high school, he participated in the Solo and Ensemble competition and received at least one first at state competition each year. Among other accomplishments, Riley received the John Phillip Sousa award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He has played in honors bands, including UWAY and the National Band Association. He has also played for numerous charity performances with bands ranging from Dixieland to hard rock.

Riley also had the privilege to work with many great clinicians, including Dominic Spera, Ryan Korb, and Tom Dvorak. Riley welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Lessons are meant to be fun but educational and curriculum is catered individually to each student.