Pop & Rock Ensembles



We want you to join together with the band.

One is certainly welcome to stay at home and play along with itunes or learn a song from someone on youtube, BUT the authentic experience of music is the communal exchange of playing with others. The ensemble program here at the Old Town School provides that social reward. Whether you select a specific artist or genre you will embellish your personal song-bag while improving your expression and making new friends.

To get the most out of our ensemble classes you'll need to be able to play your instrument at an intermediate level. For folks who have taken our core guitar programs - you'll fit right in most ensembles once you've taken Guitar 3. After that, the sky is the limit.

Drummers are encouraged to bring their own cymbals and snare. Vocalists are encouraged to bring their own microphone and microphone stand. Electric guitar players are to bring a small, 10 Watt practice amp. Banjo players are encouraged to bring tuners.

Many ensemble classes conclude with a public performance either in the confines of the School or at a local venue. Please be advised if an ensemble choses to perform it will generally happen the last weekend of the class or the following week

Soul Ensemble »

Come join one of the longest running ensembles at Old Town School. The dynamic duo of Alton Smith and Bill Brickey lead class members to a rollicking time drawing on the American Songbook of Soul Music. This year we're taking a musical road trip to cities of soul.
Session 5: Philly
Session 6: Chicago
People all over the world join hands… THURSDAYS at 7PM

Soul Ensemble »   Alton Smith »   Bill Brickey »   

Grateful Dead Ensemble »

Come one and all and join one of the longest running ensembles at the school. The Dead's catalog covers all sorts of genres- folk, rock, blues, jazz, country and space. This is an ideal setting to improve technical skills while having a real good time with others. THURSDAYS at 7PM

Grateful Dead Ensemble »   Steve Levitt »   A Dead Songlist »   

List of All Pop & Rock Ensembles (37 found)

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

You call the tune; we'll learn the tune.

‘80s Alternative Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with John Mead

Explore music that wasn't on MTV.

‘90s Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

Whatever, dude. East Village, East London, Eastern Europe, East Building.

Ensemble Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday or Saturday with Charles Kim

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

New Americana Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Alton Smith

Hey Ho and all points in between

Sunshine Pop

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Band Coaching Adult

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

Deep cuts and favorites from from John, Paul et. al

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Friday with Steve Levitt

Session 4 Let It Be Session 5 Abbey Road

Beatles Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

Session 5 Abbey Road

Beatles for Beginners

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Charles Kim

The music of the Fab Four simplified for those who have only played a short while.

Black Keys/White Stripes Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Tom Petty Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with John Mead

Oh hell yes! Baby put on your party dress and join the band.

Women's Rock Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Rockin' music by women for everyone Session 5: The 70s

Classic Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Charles Kim

Session 6: “Raw Power” by The Stooges

Merge Records Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Session 5: Moondance LP by Van Morrison

Modern Country Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Come together to celebrate popular music by women from all eras.

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Here and Now Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Husker Du Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Iron Maiden Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Jam Band Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Jon Wall

Let's kick out the jams and get better while we're at it.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

Add some spicy flavorings to whatever style you play: Jamming with Latin Roots music and contemporary funky fusions.

One Hit Wonders Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Alton Smith

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Punk Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Shelley Miller

gabba gabba hey

R&B Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.
Session 3 Gladys Knight Session 4 Stevie Wonder

Reggae Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

Come get you some ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, and dancehall from the great nation of Jamaica.

Rockabilly Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Join this rootsy band comprised of a combination of R&B mixed with country influences.

Soul Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Session 3: The music of Muscle Shoals- Aretha, Wilson, Clarence and more

Windy City Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

Connect with your metropolitan roots!

Yacht Rock Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Cathy Norden

it'll keep you runnin'

Wilco Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Bob Goins

If you feel like singing a song and you want other people to sing along…

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