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Compact All in one Percussion instrument

The Alesis SamplePad 4 is an all-in-one percussion and sample-playing instrument. It comes equipped with four responsive, LED-illuminated rubber pads, dual zone trigger input, and ten preset kits. With a built-in library of the most commonly requested percussion and electronic drum sounds and the ability to load samples, the only limit is your imagination. For even more flexibility, you can tune and add reverb to your sounds. Intuitive navigation makes it easy to browse through your kits and you can drag and drop your samples via USB on a Mac or PC without removing your SD card. The bright blue LED lighting is clearly visible in every setting.

Rockademia with Brett and Joanna!

We’re in the news!

Check out this great article about our Rockademia program from Stephen Hu of The Free Lance-Star.

What is Rockademia?

Rockademia is a unique program at BANG! Music designed to teach musicians how to work with one another in a band. These group lessons focus on cooperation and collaboration, and will teach students how to create lasting musical partnerships.

Who are the instructors?

Brett and Joanna are both accomplished young musicians who have been in many bands, playing throughout Stafford, Fredericksburg, Richmond and DC. Both have over 10 years of playing experience – Brett primarily on guitar, and Joanna primarily on bass.

How does it work?

The classes are held at BANG! Music on Sundays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. The next session will begin August 20th, with a performance on October 15th. Tuition is $200 per student (family discounts are available).

Students are formed into bands of 4 to 5 musicians. Joanna and Brett spend time with each student teaching the essentials of learning and rehearsing a set of songs, the differences between playing alone and in a group, and how to create melody, harmony, and rhythm in a band environment.

There are occasional guest appearances from other BANG! Music instructors or local professional musicians, who will give seminars on specific topics.

What do I need?

Because the classes are focused on the band dynamic and not instrument instruction, we strongly recommend that students have prior experience with their chosen instrument. You don’t have to be a pro – if you can play along to a recording, you can learn to play the real thing with a group!

If you play an easily portable instrument like a guitar or bass, you will want to bring that – but if you’re a drummer or a pianist, just bring your sticks or fingers.

A notebook is also recommended but not mandatory.

Great! Sign me up!

We are currently accepting registrations for our next session starting August 20th! Call or visit us today to ensure you have a spot reserved. Or send us an email from our convenient Contact Form!