Join forces with your friends or let us help you build a band with other music students. Partner up with a coach and put their years of recording experience, musical wisdom, and song writing know how to use. Rehearse together in a weekly 90 minute practice session. Build up the confidence to rock out as a band.
Before long you will increase your skill in the fundamentals of playing with other musicians.
Finally, to certify your rockstar status, you and your band will record 1 - 3 songs and choose 1 song to turn into a music video!
“I can't say enough about how much my kids enjoyed being part of XLR. It was the highlight of each week and they were sad when it was over. It was amazing to see them improve so much musically in such a short time. They gained confidence, stage presence, experience playing in a band, had tons of laughs and they can't wait to sign up again.” -A.M., Rocker ParentBACK TO TOP
The eXtraordinary League of Rockers (XLR) exposes music students between the ages of 8-18 to the thrill of being in a band and playing the music they want to play. For our younger and newer musicians (ages 8-12) we offer XLR Firestarters as a great way to get some early introductory experience playing in a band.
Over the course of the season, students will not only gain the confidence to rock out as a band, but also:
"Playing with others in a band has brought guitar to a whole new level for our son. He loves the teamwork and the connection. There's no better way to learn an instrument!!" -D.S., Rocker ParentBACK TO TOP
Each season, bands will perform in 3 live shows: The Showup, The Showoff, and The Showdown. The final performance is a competition between all the XLR bands where they play in front of a panel of local industry judges to become “Season Champions”. All performances take place at premier music venues around the Portland metro area.
“By having her own part to play in a rock quartet, [my daughter] had to perfect her skills and overcome her fears. This increased her confidence and allowed her to take her violin playing to the next level.” -B. P., Rocker Parent with others in a band has brought guitar to a whole new level for our son. He loves the teamwork and the connection. There's no better way to learn an instrument!!" -D.S., Rocker ParentBACK TO TOP
XLR REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 13th
XLR START DATE: the week of September 20th
XLR RECORDING DUE DATES:
1st song: TBA
2nd song: TBA
3rd song: TBA
FIRESTARTERS REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 13th
FIRESTARTERS START DATE: the week of September 20th
FIRESTARTERS RECORDING DUE DATES:
1st song: TBA
NO REHEARSALS THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING (WEEK OF NOV. 22ND)
XLR & FIRESTARTERS SEASON 10 END DATE: DECEMBER 17TH
XLR Firestarters is specifically geared towards our younger and newer musicians who are eager to rock but are looking to get a lot of experience in a band before heading to the stage. They will learn to mesh and meld together as a band before recording their song and making a music video.
Any young musician between the ages of 8-12 with a basic knowledge of their instrument is encouraged to sign up!
"XLR has been wonderful for not only our son, but our whole family… We have seen his confidence grow immensely as a musician, academically, and socially. XLR has exceeded all of our expectations and we can't wait for the next season!" -L.G., Rocker Parent
"By having her own part to play in a rock quartet, [my daughter] had to perfect her skills and overcome her fears. This increased her confidence and allowed her to take her violin playing to the next level.” -B. P., Rocker ParentBACK TO TOP
Listen to our rockers in action by clicking on the tracks below to check out recordings from past XLR seasons. Sign up today to start your own journey to rock stardom!