Final exam: A rock concert |

Final exam: A rock concert

Provided to the Tribune. From left, Phil Youngs on bass and Alan Johnson playing lead guitar will be among the Lake Tahoe Community College music students who will perform at 7:30 tonight at the Duke Theater.

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Do you dream of being the next American Idol? Is your goal to open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Lake Tahoe Community College has the classes for you. Right here in South Lake Tahoe you can study from a professional musician to learn the dos and don’ts of performing in a rock band. LTCC offers two classes on performing rock music: MUS 247-1, Music Ensemble Workshop and MUS 248-1, Rock Music Ensemble.

Students from these classes will live out their dream at 7:30 tonight in the Duke Theater on the college campus. For their final they will host a free rock concert. The students have prepared tunes from Santana, Helloween, Offspring, Dire Straights, Seether, ZZ Top, Joe Crocker, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Hancock, The Police, The Wallflowers, The Beatles, Rage Against the Machine, Cake, Blue Oyster Cult and Chicago. A special treat in this concert will be the debut performance of two original songs. Todd Hayes, a student in the MUS 248 class, and Jeremy Steinhouse and Josh Wesson, students in the MUS 247 class, will première their compositions.

Eric Hellberg, drummer for the Steve Walker band and class instructor, has spent the past 12 weeks preparing the students for this concert. He has shared his vast knowledge of the music and the rock business.

Everyone is invited to attend. In the past, the concert has drawn more than 200 people. Come early to get a good seat. Come and enjoy the music and you could meet the next Jimi Hendrix.

If you have a desire to join the band, one of these classes will be offered during the summer session at the college. The class is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday beginning July 6. Look up MUS 247-1 Music Ensemble Workshop in the college summer catalogue or on the college Web site at Summer registration is under way and classes will begin July 2.