That’s how the Rose Avenue band, which consisted mainly of La Canada High School (LCHS) students in the past and present, began performing live music for their community in late April.
Chant said he and band member Langdon Dearborn, a senior at LCHS, were walking around playing guitar when the couple asked them to play Jack Johnson.
As a former LCHS student, I remember spending summer days outside and, more importantly, with friends. Rose Avenue said this gave them the opportunity to do both.
“We really appreciate the strength of the La Canada community today because it seems like people can really put together something they feel is bringing something positive to the community,” Dearborn said.
Since they started the series, Rose Avenue has played dozens of shows and they hope to keep going. They also raised money to finish mixing the original music album they wrote while at LCHS and also contributed Feed America.
“Mixing is a pretty expensive endeavor for a band,” Dearborn said. “So, we think it will be a pretty scary process. But the response we got was truly phenomenal.”
The band also said it was safe, and stayed far away, was a big part of their production process.
“We just want to emphasize that this is a safe effort and that we respect these guidelines,” Dearborn said.
Serenade also encouraged the band to expand their repertoire. In addition to the songs they wrote, they received requests such as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “The Piña Colada Song.”
Rose Avenue praised Jason Stone, the band’s director of LCHS, for guiding and supporting their musical efforts.
“This is not normal like a garage band. It seems like they are really talented musicians,” Stone said.
“If someone shows up on my front porch, my way in, plays music, I will really appreciate it,” he continued.
The musicians are Will Chant, Langdon Dearborn, Aram Behshid, Iman Behshid, Bill Kachoeff and Jordan Stroud. You can find more information about them Instagram page.
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