Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music plays the DIA This Weekend
Normally a quiet museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts will be one rocking venue this Sunday when the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music brings in bands to perform at the DIA’s Rivera Court. Beginning at 2 p.m. three bands from the Royal Oak institution will perform 20-25 minutes each. Jason Gittinger, drummer and owner of the DSRP, is always looking for opportunities for his musical protégé’s. Gittinger, the city of Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce President, toils in many areas promoting the city and music and found the opportunity.
“I sit on a community relations board (at the DIA) and they mentioned that the DIA is interested in being the main street or the main square of metro Detroit in the tri-county area,” Gittinger said. “And they want to be open to doing new and interesting things with different groups that haven’t been a part. So, we’re excited to bring some rock and pop music to the Rivera Court at the DIA.”
The bands include Neon Brown, a six-piece outfit that features Aidan Heilman on lead guitar, Jenna Schultz on lead vocals, Cole McCarthy on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Shane Hollabaugh on drums, Olivia Ososki on bass and Kolten Sarate on keyboard. The band has been together for nearly two years and they age in range from 14 to 16.
They will play five songs from the likes of Weezer, Styx, Chevelle, Derek and the Dominoes and Two Door Cinema Club. The teens came together while at DSRP.
“Pretty much we all have the same interest and we all wanted to do a band,” McCarthy said. “We are all in individual lessons and got together. We’re excited about the opportunity.”
The band came together while taking classes at the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music. DSRP was created by Gittinger and his wife nine years ago and will be celebrating their near decade of musical service on March 30. The school’s mission is to “establish a diverse musical community focused on the pursuit of excellence through a positive, motivating and educational environment.” Their vision is to “be recognized and respected as one of the premier music education facilities in the country, providing unparalleled guidance and mentorship to those in our care and bringing positive and enriching value to the community at large.”
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. For more information contact the museum at (313) 833-7900. To learn more about the Detroit School of Rock and Pop, go online to DetroitSchoolofRockAndPop.com, check out their Facebook page or give them a call at (888) 898-7625. The DSRP is located at 1109 South Washington Street. The school offers personalized music lessons and experiences for both kids and adults with more than 14 instructors that include Chuck Bartels of the hot country band, Sturgill Simpson, that recently performed on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night live.