The event provided young musicians the resources to navigate the music industry and avoid the pitfalls. In addition to clinics for drums, bass and vocal, participants learned about the legal side of the music business, composition, songwriting, improvisation, recording, protecting hearing and how to be noticed. Although open to all, the free event targets high school and middle school musicians.
Student performs with Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Ben Smith
Abraham Laboriel, who has performed with countless genres of musicians, conducted bass clinics. Ben Smith, who has played drums for the rock band Heart for the past 20 years, conducted the drum clinic. Leah Tirado, vocalist for The Big Paycheck, conducted the vocal clinic.
Laboriel and Smith perform for students.
Abraham Laboriel Sr. offered a bass clinic at Makin’ It in the Music Biz event.
Music Biz Day and Launchpad, are the only programs of their kind offered by a statewide music association. Launchpad, the initial program, is a garage band competition that culminates with the winning band receiving the coveted Les Paul Launchpad Award and having a gig at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
Students jam at Makin’ It in the Music Biz.