June 14, 2007 - Posted at 8:55 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- Region 8's own school of rock graduated musicians Thursday night in a very special concert.
After four days of Backbeat Music Band Camp, students learned how to write lyrics, play together and even how handle the press.
For 14 Region 8 students...making the band took on a whole new meaning.
"They go through the process of learning how music is made, how songs are written, how lyrics are written and then they rehearse," said Greg Arnold, owner of Back Beat Music, "We rehearse all four days and the final day we have a concert."
The kids, ages 9 to 13, already have the skills to rock the stage.
"Most of these people, when we started playing with other people, we were 16, 17 years old and these kids here, they're nine and they are already putting on a concert, playing with people and they are getting actual experience of playing in a band," said guitar and piano teacher Patrick Dailey.
And the experience of handling the press...KAIT got exclusive access to the bands before Thursday's show.
"We worked really hard and got to play a lot and it was really fun," said Julianne Sellers of Ace High.
"We just asked each other if we wanted to join a band and we were like, yea," commented Chase Jackson of Tupelo.
"We just sort of thought of the name and then forgot about it and my brother Dempsey, he just remembered it off the top before we started doing this," explained Finley McKee of how his band chose the name Red Extreme.
"Me and Austin made up the pie song and he started talking about pie and the song starts, 'I like, like, like, like pie.' We just made a song about that to be funny," said Kyle Clogston of The Dor Rocks during his interview.
And while the creative juices are certainly flowing...it's still a lesson learned.
"Everybody is making buddies and they are all hanging out together. And some of the bands may continue to be bands. But we send them home with some music fundamental knowledge too," said music teacher Justin Dugger.
"Music is really, really important. And I know that a lot of people feel like music has a negative approach, but it is actually a lot of fun," said Arnold.