If you happen to be at Faubion Middle School after hours, you may be confused to hear rock anthems and face-melting electrical instrument solos coming from the portables, courtesy of the Faubion Rock Orchestra.
Kari Zamora and Shelly Duell, both orchestra teachers at Faubion Middle School, head the Faubion Rock Orchestra. Kari is a 7-year Faubion orchestra teacher veteran and Shelly is a second-year newcomer. Since its creation in 2005 and under their direction, the Faubion Middle School Orchestra has received all First Division ratings at every competition.
The rock orchestra is strictly an after-school program for students maintaining an A in orchestra and passing all other classes. When students meet those requirements, they can take a break from the classical music and occasional pop songs they learn in school and lend their talents to rock music staples.
Students have the opportunity to shred on their instruments' electrical counterparts and experience a new way of learning music. Instead of sight-reading the music from the page, they are encouraged to learn by ear to hone their skills as musicians.
I had the pleasure of listening in on a rehearsal for their upcoming performance at MISD Convocation on Friday, August 17 at Prestonwood Baptist Church. The extremely talented kids that make up the rock orchestra seem as though they are having an amazing time performing and moving around while playing. The rock orchestra allows the students to be free from the certain rules orchestra implies and throw them out of the window for a rocking good time. (Be sure to watch the video below to see what I mean!)
To help support the Faubion Rock Orchestra, you can contribute to its annual silent auction on Nov. 30.