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Student of the Week - Jordan Curry!
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The student of the week is...
Jordan Curry!!!
5th Grader at Battle Creek Elementary School
RiverCity Rockers Metal Mania (previously in Legends of Rock)
Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Keys, and Violin
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in April 2017

When did you start playing music and why? 
I started playing music when I was about 7 years old. My uncle was playing guitar on the porch and I wanted to play just like him.

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
My favorite song that I’ve gotten to perform is ‘For Whom the Bells Tolls’ by Metallica.

What do you like about RiverCity? 
I like RiverCity because it allows you to learn and play many different instruments.

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
Metallica and Pink Floyd.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
Mainly play video games.

Student of the Week - Grant Grover!
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The student of the week is...
Grant Grover!!!
3rd Grader at Monmouth Elementary School
RiverCity Rockers Metal Mania (previously in Legends and Rock Star Camper)
Drums and Vocals
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in Summer 2016

When did you start playing music and why? 
I’ve always loved playing the drums and then I was told I have a talent for playing them.

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
My favorite song that I’ve gotten to perform is ‘The Four Horseman’ by Metallica.

What do you like about RiverCity? 
I like that it has three different rooms that you can play music in.

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
Metallica.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
Making music with my dad, listening to metal music, writing my own songs, playing football and sports, and playing catch with my mom and dad.

Student of the Week - Charles Lewis!
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The student of the week is...
Charles Lewis !!!
RiverCity Renegades (a.k.a. the Rockin’ Chairs) 😉 Bass
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in April 2017

When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?

I took a few lessons when I was a teenager but they put me on acoustic guitar, learning John Denver tunes. But I wanted to play music by Black Sabbath and Nazareth on an electric guitar so that didn’t last long. It took me over 30 years to try again at the RockStar Academy. And now it’s been a year since I joined!

Tell us about your musical journey?
I fell in love with film and video production early on and have spent the last 28 years working in that industry. I started to focus more on audio as the years passed so I could have a good understanding of microphones, multi-tracking and working with computer software like Garage Band or Logic. Over the years I’ve been exposed to a lot of musicians including several of my friends, but I didn’t think I could ever really be a musician. I thought it was a little bit of magic that only certain people could achieve. However, I thought that the best way to get better at recording bands would be to put myself in their shoes. When I started at the Academy, I thought I would just go once and check it out, but I was cast on a song the first night! No turning back. I really enjoy playing bass and consider myself lucky to be surrounded by some great people!

 

What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
The first song I was really excited about was ‘Helter Skelter’ by The Beatles. I like that it’s kinda crazy and disorientating like the name implies, and it’s just a lot of fun! We’re starting the Marilyn Manson version of ‘Sweet Dreams’ and that might be my new favorite song.

What bands or artists are you listening to right now?
Listening to Kaleo, Gov’t Mule, Hozier and Linkin Park right now.

What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)?
I’ve been working at Capital Community Television (CCTV Salem) for 11 years now. A significant part of my job is working with local musicians and recording their performance. I’m committed to documenting and supporting the local music scene in hopes that it will continue to grow.

Student of the Week - Owen John!
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The student of the week is...
Owen John
7th Grader at Howard Street Charter School
RiverCity Rockers (previously in Young Rockers and Rock Star Camper)
Bass and Vocals
Summer 2015

When did you start playing music and why? 
I attended a summer rock camp at RiverCity because I wanted to learn more about music. I then enrolled in the Young Rockers program and then moved up to the Rockers program.

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
My favorite song that I’ve gotten to sing is ‘Yellow Submarine’ by The Beatles!

What do you like about RiverCity? 
I like how you can play music with friends. I also like that you can learn to play many different types of music.

What are your favorite bands/artists right now?
My favorite musician right now is Toby Fox.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
Going to school, playing video games, hanging out with my dog, and practicing music.

Student of the Week - Preston Pearson!
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The student of the week is...
Preston Pearson!
8th Grader at Homeschool
RiverCity Royals and Rockers
Guitar, Keys, Bass, and Drums
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2017

When did you start playing music and why? 
I've played piano since I was age 4 and I added the other instruments over time. I've always loved to play music.

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
I’d have to say ‘Mr. Crowley’ by Ozzy Osbourne.

What do you like about RiverCity? 
I think I’d have to say I like everything about it!

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
My favorite bands right now are Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Metallica, System of A Down, and Between the Buried and Me.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
Play more music.

Student of the Week - Audrey Remy!
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The Student of the week is...
Audrey Remy!
9th Grader at South Salem High School 
RiverCity Rockers (previous Summer Rock Star Camper)
Bass
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2016

When did you start playing music and why?
I started playing bass a few years ago when I saw an inexpensive one at a store and thought ‘hey why not’, and I’ve been playing ever since.

What is your favorite song you’ve ever played at RiverCity?
I’d probably have to say either ‘Powerslave’ or ‘Infinite Dreams’ by Iron Maiden.

What do you like about RiverCity?
At RiverCity, I like all the new people you meet that have similar interests, yet we’re all different.

What are your favorite bands/artists right now?
Iron Maiden, Green Day and Arctic Monkeys.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity?
When I’m not at RiverCity I do photography, participate in choir and practice my bass.

Student of the Week - Alice Limer!
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The student of the week is...
Alice Limer!!!
12th Grader at Winema High School Program
RiverCity Rockers
Vocals and Violin
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy September 2017

When did you start playing music and why?
In 4th grade I started playing the violin because my sister was playing the cello.

What is your favorite song you’ve ever played at RiverCity?
I’d have to say so far my favorite song that I’ve gotten to sing has been ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ by the Sex Pistols.

What do you like about RiverCity?
I like RiverCity because I have a place to call my ‘second home’.

What are your favorite bands/artists right now?
Psykup or Pink Floyd.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity?
When I’m not at RiverCity I like to doodle artsy things, sleep and practice…oh yeah, and school.

Student of the Week - Liam Stanley
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The student of the week is...
Liam Stanley
7th Grader at Blanchet Catholic School
RiverCity Legends of Rock
Guitar, Bass, and Vocals
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in April 2017

When did you start playing music and why? 
I started playing guitar around a year ago to deal with some struggles in my life. Playing music allows me to express myself. 

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
My favorite song I’ve performed is ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath. 

What do you like about RiverCity? 
RiverCity is a place I can get away from anything else that might be going in my life and just concentrate on music. 

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
Amon Amarth, Slayer, Mountain Man, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeath, System of a Down, Scars on Broadway, and Inkvisitor. 

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
When I’m not hanging out at RiverCity, I’m usually practicing my instruments and writing music.

Student of the Week - Sam Cain
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The student of the week is...
Sam Cain
7th Grader at Crossler Middle School
RiverCity Legends of Rock; previously in Young Rockers
Drums
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2016

When did you start playing music and why? 
I didn’t really play music until I started attending RiverCity Rock Star Academy. I wanted to try something different besides sports.

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
It’s really hard to pick just one. I like all the songs I’ve played on. 

What do you like about RiverCity? 
I like the teachers at RiverCity and the friends I’ve made. 

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
Foo Fighters. 

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
I’m on the wrestling team at my school and I like hanging out with friends.