Tips for forming a band in high school

Carly Wood By Carly Wood, 19th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Every kid dreams of achieving fame, success and lots of money from the the one thing they love, right? Why not turn your passion for music into a bona fide career? This page gives you hints, tips and lots of advice on forming a band in high school.

What type of band do you want to be?

There are several different types of band you could form: a rock band playing guitars and drums; an all-singing, all dancing girl/boy band; a glee-like production or a classical band like Escala...and more! The first thing to choose is what direction YOU want to take.

Next... you need to find members who share your vision!

Holding auditions for new members:

Only you can decide who will make it into the band, so start recruiting for some fellow bandmates.

Find people who share you vision and prefer to the same kinds of music as you. For example, your best mate may wish to be in a band too, but it’s no good if you want to play rock music and he wants to become the next JLS.

Put the word out and find some likeminded people to audition. You could spread the word via Facebook, but it’s probably best to limit the auditionees to your school and meet together somewhere safe, for example, booking out a classroom. The last thing you want is some 40-year old stranger turning up at your house!

Be clear about what you’re looking for in your bandmates. Being specific now will stop arguments in the future.

Instruments and equipment

If you can afford to just go out and buy a new guitar or PA system for your band, don't worry. Here are some tips:

1) See if your school is happy to loan you some instruments. Get a good relationship between your school and the band and perhaps they will be happy for you to rehearse after school in the fully-kitted out music rooms, and even ask you to play at the end of year event?

2) eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree all have sections for musical instruments. Perhaps you can save up and buy something secondhand from your local area?

3) Look for music charities that provide refurbished instruments to kids in high school, or that help with costs towards instruments. For students in Phoenix, AZ there's a charity called "Ear Candy" but you could find something in your local area too perhaps.

4) You don't need to buy everything: hire! When you are about to perform your first gig it may be a freebie, or you could be paid afterwards. You might not be able to afford to buy upfront, so why not rent? For example, did you know you can get PA systems for hire? Check, because you may be able to hire other things too like lighting, amps and microphones.

Enjoy yourselves but take it seriously!

The most important thing about being in a band is that you all ENJOY yourselves!

However, There's little point in trying to rehearse and make a go of things if one member if intent on being silly, or another never turns up in time. Get strict and tell them you want this bad to succeed.

Have fun but work hard and you'll notice the results! Happy gigging!


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