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XLR

Extraordinary League of Rockers Logo

THE EXTRAORDINARY
LEAGUE OF ROCKERS
SEASON 10 - FALL 2021

Become the rockstar you have always known you are.

JOIN XLRJOIN FIRESTARTERS

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE

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.
Things like:

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 Parent 

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ABOUT XLR

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 Parent 

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ROCKSTAR RECORDINGS

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 Parent 

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IMPORTANT DATES

Season 2 Showdown Winners: Hectic!

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
Videos: TBA

FIRESTARTERS REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 13th
FIRESTARTERS START DATE:
the week of September 20th
FIRESTARTERS RECORDING DUE DATES:
1st song: TBA
Videos: TBA

NO REHEARSALS THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING  (WEEK OF NOV. 22ND)

XLR & FIRESTARTERS SEASON 10 END DATE: DECEMBER 17TH

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XLR: FIRESTARTERS

Season 2 Showdown Winners: Hectic!

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!

Signing up for XLR: FIRESTARTERS for the season is easy! Stop by Concert School of Music, call in (503-682-9829) or register online. Fire Starters Season 10 pricing: $225.

JOIN THE LEAGUE

If you have questions before you sign up, please email
xlr@concertschool.com 
or call Concert School of Music at
503-682-9829

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"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 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How old do I have to be to join?

    Any young musician between the ages of 8-18 with a basic knowledge of their instrument is encouraged to sign up! 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. If you are unsure which level to join, please contact Concert School of Music.
  2. Does it matter which instrument I play? Can I play multiple instruments?

    Bands come in all different shapes and sizes...any student with a basic knowledge of their instrument--or multiple instruments--are encouraged to sign up. There is no better way to learn an instrument than learning how to play it with others.

  3. Can I be in a band with my friend?

    Your skill level and preferred instrument are the basic criteria used for band placement, but we will certainly try to honor any requests to team up with your fellow rockers! Just be sure to let us know who you would like to be in a band with when registering. For Season 8 we will be capping our bands at 4 members.
  4. Where are rehearsals held?

    All practices are held at Concert School of Music or virtually through Google Meet if you decide to be in a virtual band.
  5. When are rehearsals?

    Each band practices once a week for 90-minutes (a total of 10 rehearsals per season). Firestarter bands practice once a week for 60-minutes (a total of 10 rehearsals per season). Rehearsal times vary depending on band, coach, and individual availability.
  6. Are instruments provided or do I have to bring my own?

    Students must provide their own instruments as none are provided with the exception of an electronic drum set that is available for in-person rehearsals.
  7. What if I have never played in a group before?

    No problem! Everyone starts as a beginner at some point and XLR is a great opportunity to learn about what it takes to be in a band.
  8. What will in-person practices look like?

    Bands will be capped at 4 members and will rehearse in a socially distant setup with their coach in our new larger group room. Band members will wear masks when in the building and during rehearsals. Hand sanitizer is available to students as they enter and exit rehearsals. The rehearsal room and any CSM equipment will be sanitized between each rehearsal. We ask that students wait outside for their coach to come to get them for the start of practice and that students are picked up promptly at the conclusion of each practice.
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PRICING

Season 6 Showdown Winners: Zero South!

Signing up for The eXtraordinary League of Rockers for the season is easy! Stop by Concert School of Music, call in (503-682-9829) or register online. Our XLR Season 10 pricing is as follows:

If you have questions before you sign up, please email
xlr@concertschool.com 
or call Concert School of Music at
503-682-9829

JOIN THE LEAGUE

"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 

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MULTIMEDIA

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!

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