Wowzers! 2011 took Conundrum to a completely new level of awesome! 18 students absolutely killed it on stage with the help of my brother Jherek on bass and guitar and Johnny Bregar on guitar and vocals. Other guest musicians included Mike Derzon on trumpet, Dave Bristow on piano, my dad Kurt on keyboards, Uri Silberstein on vocals, Jeff Laws rapping, Cameron Brink on guitar as well as family and band members of many of my students.
We were treated to a wide mix of music including songs by Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, The Beach Boys, Weezer, Green Day, Dick Dale, Foo Fighters, Dizzy Gillespie, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin and more!
The night kicked off with a medley by Seth Ruud that shocked the crowd of 120 when it kicked into “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. With Jeff Laws on guest vocals, double-drummers, and Jherek shredding on fuzzed-out bass, the bar was set early on and it kept right on going for two hours.
A highlight for me was sharing the stage with my son for the very first time as he drummed to Weezer’s “Beverly Hills”. Making it even more special was having two Conundrum alumni, Bryn Kepler and Julia Chamberlin, come back from college to sing back-up vocals us. They both babysat for Calder when he was younger and Bryn was a student of mine for 8 years.
It has only been a week, but students are already coming to me with ideas for Conundrum 2012. While they’ll all probably change their minds some time in the next 358 days, it reminds me of what an energizing, fun, supportive night this recital is. For me, the real joy is seeing student after student accomplish the main goal of just getting up on stage and sharing their progress while entertaining family and friends. Who cares how difficult the song is, which song is fastest, which band is the biggest, who hits the hardest… when we all support and encourage each other, EVERYONE ROCKS!
Videos are starting to roll in. If you taped a drummer, add it to YouTube and send me the link!
And here are some more from past years: