Foundry Pop Band: Shakeout

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Age: Late middle school to high school
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Description: This group will focus on covering modern pop songs. Examples of artists include Panic at the Disco, Pink, Sara Bareilles, Erin McCarley, and Twenty One Pilots. 


No rehearsals around Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year's, and Madison School District's spring break

Because the pandemic we haven't been able to schedule out gigs in advance. But here is a sample of a previous gig schedule:

Past Gigs:
September 15 4pm-6pm Willy St. Fair
November 10, Bos Meadery
December 15 11am-4pm Student Showcase at the High Noon Saloon
February 9, 5-8pm Harmony Bar
March 22, 5-8pm, Funk's Pub
April 26, 11am-4pm Student Showcase at the High Noon Saloon

See full calendar

$74/month | $64/month Current Foundry Lesson Students

Open to middle and high schoolers. We may request an audition. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us.

We often double insturments if there is enough interest. This especially true for guitar, keyboard, and vocals. We can also accept horns and strings if interested. Groups generally are 6-8 members but could be as big as 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.

Please email us at if interested.


Pete Ross


Alison Margaret’s relationship with music is both deep and broad, spanning the continuum between performance and formal education. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance with a minor emphasis in classical piano. She has a master’s of music education with a focus on jazz performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ms. Margaret has been a music educator for over 18 years. In addition to holding a private studio of approximately 25 students, Ms. Margaret is a faculty associate for the Music Education Area at UW-Madison and teaches courses such as composition, arranging, and orchestration. She has also taught group piano and music theory courses at Madison College. Her educational philosophy is rooted in inclusive schooling concepts and she welcomes students with unique learning styles and music interests.

As a vocalist, Ms. Margaret leads the “Alison Margaret Jazz Quartet.” The group has performed at Madison’s Jazz at 5 Festival, Milwaukee's 3rd Ward Jazz Festival, the Brink Lounge, Memorial Union, Isthmus Jazz Festival, and a host of other venues. Alison has also performed at many famous Chicago jazz haunts and festivals, including the Green Mill, the Hot House, Jazz Showcase, and the Navy Pier. Ms. Margaret is likewise an accomplished Hammond organist in the Madison music scene. She performs frequently with local blues bands and leads a jazz/soul group featuring the sounds of Hammond greats such as Chester Thompson, Jimmy Smith, Booker T, and The Meters.

Alison also teaches voice and piano lessons.