Local Rock Star Teaches Future Rock Stars

Be in A Band is the motto and name of a new business started by Jon Siebels, founding member of the hit rock group Eve 6. The La Crescenta band sold more than 3 million albums during their tenure with RCA Records.

Jon and his two business partners have teamed up to help other musicians experience what it is like to play in a band.

"For me, playing in a band is so much more fulfilling than playing guitar by myself," Jon said. "I have had so many awesome experiences playing in bands and I have enjoyed showing other kids and adults how to get started."

Be In A Band offers 10-week courses in Rock, Pop, Jazz and Blues. They organize the bands, schedule the classes and separate students by level of ability (beginning, intermediate and advanced).

The bands meet once a week at the Be In A Band recording studio in Montrose. At the end of the course, the bands are recorded and each bandmember receives a professional CD of his or her band.

One of Jon's business partners is his dad, Dave Siebels. Dave has been a professional musician for 35 years and played with many name acts like Ray Charles, B.B. King and Rita Coolidge. He also scores films and TV shows.

"It is very satisfying to see the progress and enthusiasm of the groups that I've worked with," said Dave. "Playing in a band raises the enjoyment and commitment level of any musician who tries it."

Amy Yazzetta is the third partner. She administers the business and schedules the classes. "It makes all of us happy to give something back to the community that we've been a part of for so long," Amy said.

Why not give the gift of music? Gift certificates are available. Call Amy at 249-MUSIC for a special holiday offer.

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