SONGER STUDIO
GARAGE BAND
The District 112 Garage Band is open to students in grades 6-12.  There are two sessions of Garage Band and both are directed by Heidi Songer, Scott Prescott and Eric Songer plus guest artists that have most recently included Kris Stauffer, Scott Prescott, Heidi Songer and Maggie Zeidel.  The fall/winter session of Garage Band is an auditioned group for grades 6-8 that meets on Friday afternoons.  The band performs at Chaska Rocks Toys For Tots, the CMSW Talent Show, Rock-It! and other fun venues around the southwest metro area.  The summer band is not an auditioned group open to grades 6-12 that meets on Wednesdays.  The middle school group performs at Chaska River City Days.  The high school group performs at The Depot in Hopkins and River City Days.  Recently each session of Garage Band consists of three bands. 

Garage Band is open to students who sing, play guitar, play keyboards, play bass guitar and play drum set.  We also invite students who play horns such as trumpet, trombone and saxophone as well as students who play violin to be part of the group.  The bands typically work on three to four songs.  The music varies from classic rock of the 1960s-1980s to modern rock of the past twenty years.  In addition to learning the music so that the bands can perform, students learn a wealth of music knowledge including theory, chord progressions, form, soloing techniques, reading music/chords/tabs, and listening and imitating.  We also spend time teaching students stage presence, running their own band without direction and being able to move from song to song quickly at a performance.   

The Garage Band was born out of the School of Rock program in 2004.  When it was obvious that a lot of the students in School of Rock were ready for a performance based class, Garage Band performed their first gig in the winter of 2004.  Ironically, the concert took place on Heidi Songer’s due date (with our first child Caleb) and Heidi had to sit in on keyboard since the keyboard player was ill.  Caleb was born two days later.  The band started as a non-auditioned group but quickly grew into an auditioned group in the fall of 2005.  Two sessions of Garage Band were offered: winter and spring.  Both bands were chosen at the auditions and then each band was assigned a season. In 2008, both bands began meeting together in the winter season as guest artists were brought in to help rehearse the bands at the same time.  Guest artists have included Kris Stauffer, Kev Mills, George Peoples, and Jason Price.  A summer session was added in 2008 that was non-auditioned and continues to this day.  In 2011, the Garage Band winter season was moved to the fall although it extended somewhat into the winter.  Garage Band performance venues have included Chaska Dunn Brothers, School of the Wise II, Chaska Caribou Coffee, the Minnesota Music Educators Conference in Minneapolis, the Chaska Rock Festival, the CMSW Talent Show, the Rock-It! concert, Chaska Rocks Toys For Tots, Rockin’ The Suburbs, The Garage, and other community concerts.  In the summer of 2013, the high school garage band was formed extending the experience to older students.  In 2014, we had our 10-year anniversary alumni band perform at River City Days.  The program was expanded to three bands in the summer of 2015. And we added three high school bands in the winter in 2017.    

The current Garage Band session meets Fridays Oct. 26-Feb. 15 from 3:50-5:15 p.m. at CMSW.
UPCOMING EVENTS
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NEXT PERFORMANCE
ROCKIN’ THE SUBURBS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
2 P.M.
PIM ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
7255 FLYING CLOUD DRIVE
EDEN PRAIRIE
LISTEN TO THE BAND
MALL OF AMERICA FEB. 16, 2017 
ROCK-IT! JAN. 27, 2017
TOUR FEB. 15, 2018
THE GARAGE JULY 23, 2018https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTvL3tYhzvH-O1-YhLpSauFptiwokZAUyhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTvL3tYhzvH9z3AsTXkaMj1YiwxFW5LPbhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l39VNVtmFv0&t=1391shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ge2bVOsmbo&t=144s&disable_polymer=trueshapeimage_25_link_0shapeimage_25_link_1shapeimage_25_link_2shapeimage_25_link_3
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