Rock Skool Rocks The County Fair

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - by Mark A. Herndon

The Chattanooga Music Scene reached into the County Fair to host 24 bands in two days…it was unbelievable!  A Big Ole “Thanks” to Bob Payne, venue talent scout, Chattanooga “Live” Music guru and contributor to the Chattanoogan.com Entertainment page. 

One of the 24 stage sets was a call back from 2014 Riverbend performance of Rock Skool.  It was amazing and yet unclear to me how many kids with instruments crossed in and off of stage during the more than hour performances on the Sunday schedule for the Hamilton County Fair at Chest Frost Park in North Hamilton County. 

The threat of rain held off until the last song was played and the kids exited the stage.  I will tell you the fans, family and community support was there with smiles, cheers and applause.   I noticed that many  members from the previous two bands Overland Express and Jimmy Tawater River City Showcase stood back and paused from loading their equipment to see the next generation of Chattanooga  “Live” Music performers … no doubt these kids could take a national stage someday. 

The musically-empowered young people were led by instructor Mark Ferguson. Mark provided a very impressive and organized group of more than 20 kids playing/singing  in multiple sets of bands… playing cover songs from the 70, 80 and 90s. We know as parents, pre-teen and teenagers can easily get bored between school work, house chores, in addition to weekly church and family activities.  Music is a universal language, and playing it with a variety of instruments and adding vocals and directions with solid instructions can take young people from a “bored” mode into their creative, artistic and talented side.   The photos attempted to capture the commitment between the kids and Rock Skool program. The set of songs they learned and played was most impressive.  

“A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles

“TNT” by AC/DC

“Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones

“Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

“Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult

“Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions

“School’s Out” by Alice Cooper

“Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin

“Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica

“Day Tripper” by The Beatles

"Wild Thing” by The Troggs

“Paranoid” by Black Sabbath

“Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss

“Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream

“When I Come Around” by Green Day

“Eruption/You Really Got Me” by Van Halen

“Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

“Enter Sandman” by Metallica

“Come Together” by The Beatles

“Yesterday” by The Beatles

“The One I Love” by R.E.M.

“Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

If you have kids who express an interest in playing and singing with a group of their peers, get them involved…..  many kids end up playing in youth church groups, small concerts and fun adult supervised socials. 

Contact information:

Rock Skool

71 White St

Ft. Oglethorpe, GA

423 240-6827, phone

Mark Ferguson, Instructor

Email address  mark@rockskollchattanooga.com

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-Skool-Music-Instruction/

Music Instruction/Performance School.4 Kidz! Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals. Ages 7 - 17, Beginner to Advanced. Private Lessons + Group Rehearsals + Live Concerts

---

Mark A Herndon, certified professional geologist and professional photographer grew up in Chattanooga area, graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  He is the Entertainment and Chattanooga cityscape photographer affiliated with Chattanoogan.com and contributor to several magazines, venues and Friends of the Festival events. Email at; MAHerndon@ChattanoogaLiveMusic.com



Jung And Kim To Present Faculty Recital Tuesday

Lee University’s Dr. Joong Han (Jonathan) Jung, assistant professor of piano, and Dr. Joohae Kim, piano instructor, will present a recital on Tuesday performing works by Mozart, Camille Saint-Saens, F. Shubert, and M. Ravel. South Korean-New Zealand pianist Dr. Jung concertizes regularly across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. He has performed with the Eastman ... (click for more)

Harvest Song Is Saturday In Dalton

Harvest Song, and evening of acoustic, American music, will return to Dalton again this year and will feature regional songwriters Noah Collins, Charlsey Ethridge, and David Crawford. The event will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Selvidge St. in the heart of Dalton. The proceeds will benefit the DEO Clinic, a non-profit medical clinic serving low ... (click for more)

1 Killed In Crash On Highway 58 Saturday Afternoon

Highway 58 was shut down Saturday afternoon due to a head-on crash with a fatality near Linda's Produce. There were multiple emergency vehicles on the scene. Highway 58 was closed in both directions. More information will follow. (click for more)

Juvenile Shot On East 14th Street On Friday

A juvenile was shot Friday evening on East 14th Street. The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 6:45 p.m. to a person shot in the 2000 block of East 14th Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Hamilton County EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. Members of the Violent ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: On Saving A Soul

Not so long ago a top writer for the Washington Post was going through some of President Ronald Reagan’s papers and, among those his wife Nancy cherished, the Post’s Karen Tumulty happened to come across a deeply-moving letter. Four pages and written by his hand, it was a heartfelt message written by the president to his wife Nancy’s father in August of 1982. President Reagan ... (click for more)