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Tuesdays, October 24-November 28, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Its time to dust off that guitar in the corner, step out of the shower concerts and join a band. Held on the historic grounds of the 1969 Woodstock Music festival, Adult Rock Band is unique opportunity for individuals, 18 and older, to explore their musical interests regardless of prior experience or skill level.
This six-week evening program provides a supportive and collaborative environment where participants can come together to learn, rehearse, and enjoy the thrill of performing live music.
Experienced Bethel Woods teaching artists provide basic instruction on drums, keyboard, and guitar and introduce the foundations of rock rhythms, ensuring participants receive proper instruction and support as they progress.
Funding for education and creative programs has been provided by Bethel Woods members and donors and through generous gifts from foundations, individuals and agencies. View a copy of our annual report or visit our website for a more comprehensive list of supporters.
Peter Negroponte is a drummer, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader born and raised in New York City, currently residing in Livingston Manor, NY. After graduating from The New England Conservatory of music in 2013, he founded the art-rock group Guerilla Toss. With them, he has released over a dozen albums, and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Peter’s preferred styles are rock, jazz, funk, and experimental music. His teaching approach emphasizes the importance of technique and experience mixed with self-expression, creative Ideas, and having FUN!
Brandon Sparkman is a music educator teaching elementary music, band, and chorus at Chester Elementary School where he also runs a jazz band and multiple clubs. He also enjoys performing with many music ensembles in the area.
Mark Partridge is a musician, award-winning filmmaker and multimedia artist living in the Catskills with his wife, daughter and an ever-growing menagerie of animals. His creative career runs the gamut from pop songwriting to experimental punk rock bands to film director and sound designer for VR experiences. He's played guitar for most of his life but these days his sonic palette is steeped in analog synthesis, sampling and sound design.
Mike Edison is a musician and author. He performs frequently with his long-running gospel and blues experiment, the Edison Rocket Train. His books include the acclaimed memoir, I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, and the bestselling Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters. Edison lives in Barryville, NY.