Category Archives: Recess Monkey

Fish Sticks

Here’s a little ditty that kind of introduces me to Recess Monkey fans for the first time, all about an undersea drummer named “Fish Sticks.” This has become a super fun part of our live show for me. And I love that kids have taken to calling me “Fish Sticks” now!

Music Video!

My first music video with Recess Monkey has finally arrived!

Read a little more about it here:


What a weekend! I just got back from 4 days in New York City where I attended Kindiefest, a conference for musicians playing music for families. Recess Monkey went out to catch up with old friends and to introduce me to the community for the first time. I’ve never met such an amazingly friendly, welcoming and talented people in my life!

A highlight of the trip was an evening spent at SiriusXM Headquarters where we collaborated with 9 other Kindie bands including The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Not-Its!, SteveSongs, Brady Rymer, Charlie Hope, Lunch Money, The Sugar-Free All-Stars, Dean Jones, the Pop Ups, Tim & the Space Cadets and Mista Cookie Jar. A video of a “We Are the World”-inspired song should be up soon. The special will play on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live this Memorial Day Weekend.

The "crazy" version is always the best!

The “crazy” version is always the best!

“Deep Sea Diver” Promo Shots


Photo by Kevin Fry.




Photo by Kevin Fry.


Announcement! I’m a monkey!

A Recess Monkey! I’m so excited to be joining this amazing band! Check out our website here! So much more to come!

“In Tents” at Teatro ZinZanni

This can’t get crossed off of that Bucket List because I never would have thought to put it on. Starting in May I’ll be appearing in Teatro ZinZanni’s new children’s production, “In Tents with Recess Monkey.” I’ll be playing the role of the mischievous Dancing Bear, dressed in a Korum-sized bear suit made completely out of feathers. This circus bear doesn’t want to be tamed though, he wants to ROCK THE DRUMS! I’m completely honored to be asked to do this show. I’ll be appearing with the zaniest Teatro ZinZanni cast member and former Ringling Bros. clown Peter Pitofsky, legendary Siberian juggler Sergey Krutikov, 10-year-old circus sensation Saffi Watson, and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s principle dancer for 25 years, Ariana Lallone. Plus, Seattle’s kindie rock phenomenon, Recess Monkey have written all-original music for this show! Then there’s little ole me, who appeared in “Pirates of Penzance” as a junior at Bainbridge High School!

There are 9 weekend dates starting May 5th. Check out the website for dates and ticket information.

Press is starting to come in:

Sunday, August 21: Tots-n-Tunes at Seattle Center

I’m getting really excited for Tots-N-Tunes at Seattle Center‘s Mural Amphitheater on Sunday, August 21! Not only will all six Kindiependent bands be there, but so will award-winning, critically adored family indie musician Justin Roberts!

I’m particularly excited for this event because I’ll also be playing drums for Recess Monkey as their drummer will be out of town. Luckily I already know most of the songs because their latest album and YouTube channel are on constant repeat at the Bischoff household. I did have one condition for doing the sub gig… that Garner’s favorite song “Marshmallow Farm” be on the set list.

11-11:30 Caspar Babypants

11:45-12:15 Harmonica Pocket

12:30-1:00 Johnny Bregar & the Country Dawgs (me!)

1:15-1:45 Justin Roberts and the NR4NP

2-2:30 The Not-Its!

2:45-3:15 Board of Education

3:30-4:00 Recess Monkey (me again!)

Tickets: Kids are FREE. Grownups are $10 each

Calder took this funny photo of me setting up for the Moore Theatre show in front of Recess Monkey's backdrop.