Education

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

By Rachel Gang — July 22, 2008 1 min read

Watch out Pearl Jam! Three Seattle elementary school teachers who make up the hot “kindie” rock band Recess Monkey are hitting the national music scene to promote their new album, “Tabby Road,” The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.

Guitarist Drew Holloway, drummer Daron Henry, and bassist Jack Forman, who met while teaching at the University Child Development School in Seattle’s University District, have found a way to combine two things they love most—music and teaching. They weave music into their lessons, run a music camp, and incorporate contributions from their students on their recordings.

The trio’s biggest fans are their students, who hang outside the band’s rehearsals at UCDS, but it’s also “all-age music,” says 11-year-old Stella Jensen-Roberts. “It’s about kids stuff, but parents like it, too,” she adds. The band’s “Tabby Road” album is reportedly difficult to categorize but shows a stylistic dept similar to The Beatles, the trio’s main influence.

Recess Monkey kicked off its national tour last Saturday at Seattle’s ACT Theatre and will play in 16 different cites over the next couple of weeks. Then they have to get back to school.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.