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

Mellow Gold Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Cathy Norden or Steve Dawson

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

Have you ever been mellow? Here's your chance.

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

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

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

‘80s Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Celebrate a decade of multiplicity

‘90s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

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

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

Ensemble Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

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

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Band Coaching Adult

Intermediate

Saturday with Bob Goins

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

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

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

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

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Friday with Steve Levitt

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

Good day sunshine… Session 2 Meet The Beatles

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

A splendid time is guaranteed Session 4 A Hard Day's Night

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

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

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

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

There's alway lots to discover when working with Bob Dylan's music. Session 3 John Wesley Harding

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

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

Motown Stax and much more

Chris Cornell Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Get out your plaid shirts and ripped jeans and join the band.

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Session 3: Brian Eno: Another Green World
Session 4: Wire 'Chairs Missing'.

Merge Records Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 4 Woodstock Part 2

Modern Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Steely Dan Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Cathy Norden

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

So won't you smile for the camera… we know you're gonna love it

David Bowie Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Oh you pretty things..where are we now?

Decemberists Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

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

We'll be covering classic hits and the new album!

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

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

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Andrea Bunch

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

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

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

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

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Windy City Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

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

Connect with your metropolitan roots!

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Hendrix Ensemble

AdvancedNew!

Saturday with Bob Goins

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

Timeless music from the God of Guitar Gods

Jam Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Jon Wall

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

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

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

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

Memphis/New Orleans Ensemble

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Neko Case Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Dive into the rich catalog of this alt-country/indie-rock icon.

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

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

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Punk Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

gabba gabba hey Session 3: The ‘90s

R&B Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

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

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.
Session 2: The Isley Brothers

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

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

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

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

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

Tom Waits Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

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

We spending 2 sessions on Waits' remarkable songbook

Wilco Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Bob Goins

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

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