Social Media

The All Star social media wall displays our posts on our social networks like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  If you’re a member of our Rock School Community, ask for our unique wall hashtag to post and share your comments and news.

It's team Tuesday and today we are introducing Tom McCarthy - Musician from Colchester. ⠀

Ask Tom a question and find out what it takes to be a real Rockstar! ⠀

What age did you first pick up an instrument and what band inspired you? ⠀

I was lucky enough to have always had a guitar in the house when I was growing up, but I didn't start getting serious about it until I was 12. @thewesborland from @limpbizkit was the guitarist that got me interested in music, but the band @redhotchillipeppers was the first band that really inspired me. ⠀
What's your favourite song to play? ⠀

I have loads of songs that I enjoy playing, but a few that I always jam when I'm doing a soundcheck in any of my bands. The first is Be Quiet & Drive by @deftones and the second is Rusty Cage by @soundgarden. ⠀

What's been your best gig you played and what was the name of your band? ⠀

I've played so many shows that I could pick as my favourite. The first that comes to mind are playing at @kokocamden a few years ago and @downloadfest last year. Those shows were with @aaronbuchananofficial & @thecultclassicsband. ⠀

Who's your favourite band or artists? ⠀

My favourite band are At The Drive In . the guitarist @orlprojects is phenomenal! ⠀

What do you love most about All Stars? ⠀

It's great because it's a place for young musicians to get to play in bands. That's such an important part of developing as musicians. ⠀

#teamtuesday #meettheteam #professionaldrummer #musician #rockstar #musicteacher #guitaristforlife #guitarlover #afterschool #rockband #youthclub
How well do you know your famous Riff's? ⠀

Comment with your answer below & if you're feeling really brave have a go & tag us! ⠀

#famourriffs #namethattune #musicschool #rockstar #rockbands #youthclub #sundayjamming #guitarplayer #musiclover #guitarlover #learntoplay @tomguitarthy
Fact Friday this week we are talking about naming your guitar! ⠀

@Willienelonofficial 1969 Martin N20 was called Trigger. With obvious holes from Willie using a pick on a guitar that was intended for finger-picking. The N20 was named Trigger after @royrogersofficial horse, not the broom expert in @onlyfoolsandhorses_ ⠀


What would you name your guitar? ⠀

#factfriday #guitarlover #guitaristsofinstagram #guitaristas #rockguitar #schoolofrock #rockstareditor #guitarplayer #rockstars #rockbands ⠀
Have you bought your ticket yet? ⠀

@colchesterartcentre Rock Prom concert is 3 weeks away! How quick is this month going?! Don't miss the best seats in the town. ⠀

We can't wait to see you there @thurstable.school @thomaslordaudleyschool & @sandcastlejesus ⠀
#localevents #colchesterevents #artscentre #rockband #liveperformance #ticketsavailable #localschools #musicschools #performingarts #upcomingevents
All Star Rock School's gig schedule is quickly filling up, which means our students are busy rehearsing for their moment to shine! ⠀

But where could we be playing this track? Could it be the @colchesterartcentre? @lionwalkshopping? or maybe the BBC Radio Suffolk takeover! ⠀

#radiosuffolk #localevents #practicemakesperfect #artscentre #colchester #ipswich #chelmsford #musicschool #rehearsals #learntoplay #rockbands #rehearsaltime #upcomingevents @colchestermuseums
It's team Tuesday and today we are introducing @georgekrethlowdrum our Chelmsford drum teacher. ⠀

George is happy to answer any questions you may have so let us know! ⠀

What age did you first pick up an instrument and what band inspired you? ⠀
G: I started playing drums when I was 11 years old. At the time I started listening to Nirvana and discovered the amazing "Smells like teen spirit" as well as the @foofighters and @elvis ⠀

What's your favourite song to play? ⠀
G : My favourite song to play, now that's a difficult question but I'm probably going to say something by a singer/song writer I worked with as part of my band @razbanduk called @poppyscarlettmusic. We wrote the song Headache together and every time we play, it makes me smile. ⠀

What's been your best gig you played and what was the name of your band? ⠀
G : Best gig was playing at the @colchesterartcentre with my original instrumental band. The sound was great on stage, the atmosphere was almost like Ronnie Scotts, a really awesome gig. ⠀

Who's your favourite band or artists? ⠀
G : I listen to all sorts of music but I will try to narrow it down - @snarkypuppy, @phronesismusic & @radiohead ⠀
What do you love most about All Stars? ⠀
G : The smiles on peoples faces when they come into each session, the enthusiasm and positivity and the pleasure of passing on the knowledge and skills to new drummers ⠀

#teamtuesday #meettheteam #professionaldrummer #musician #rockstar #musicteacher #drummerforlife #drummerboy #afterschool #rockband #youthclub
We love that Brandon Flowers lives a normal life by day and is a Rockstar at night! 🤘 ⠀

#brandonflowers #thekillers #doublelife #truerockstar #rockstarlifestyle #rockstarenergy #musicdreams #essexyouth #suffolkyouth #youthclub #afterschool @thekillers
There are less than 3 weeks to go until we will be hosting a live jamming session at the @lionwalkshopping ⠀
The t-shirts are being printed, songs rehearsed and we have enough instruments for you all to join in to! ⠀

Who knows the world record for the largest jamming session? ⠀

#worldrecord #localevents #colchesterevent #redlionwalk #musicschool #jammingsession #rockstarenergy #musicgroup #guitarist #drummerforlife #singingclasses
Did you know.. singing can make you healthier ⠀

Singing is a form of exercise that improves the efficiency of your body’s cardiovascular system. It exercises major muscle groups in your upper body and increases the oxygen in your blood which improves your alertness. Singing regularly can even help you ward off colds and flus because you’re improving your airflow and making it harder for the bacteria to develop. ⠀
#factfriday #didyouknow #musicschool #healthbenefits #rockstars #singingforlife #singer #truerockstar #singingclasses #musician #musicdream #rockstarenergy
It's not been long since our students were last on the stage at our Christmas gig but we can't wait to get back up there soon! ⠀

For the full version of our @falloutboy cover visit our YouTube channel. ⠀

#youtubevideo #throwbackthursday #liveperformance #gig #rockband #musicschool #rockstars #falloutboy #musicians #rockstarsocialclub ⠀
When it's your passion it doesn't matter how many people turn up!
#dexterholland #offspring #rockstarlifestyle #musician #truerockstar #rockbands #motivation #rockstarenergy #musicdream #rockstarlife @offspring
It's team Tuesday 🙌 And today we are introducing @aj_kemp_guitar our Colchester guitar & bass tutor. ⠀

As always we asked AJ a few questions but if you want to know more let us know! ⠀

What age did you first pick up an instrument and what song or band inspired you? ⠀
A: I first picked up the guitar at 12 and have never looked back. I was first inspired by early rock music. @ACDC was my favourite. ⠀

What's been your best gig you played and what was the name of your band? ⠀
A: My favourite gig so far has been playing the firework show at @uniessex. We played in front of 7000 people with my band @muraband. There were so many people I couldn't see where the crowd ended. ⠀

Who's your favourite band or artist? ⠀
A: I love so many bands so it's very hard to pick but if I had to pick who I'm into at the moment it would be @towerofpowerofficialband. ⠀

What do you love the most about All Stars? ⠀
A: I love the excitement the students have to just play and perform. I'm all about having fun playing and making music and All Stars embodies this! ⠀
This time next month we will be performing as part of the annual Rock Prom line up held at @colchesterartcentre 🎸🥁🎤 ⠀

Two of our bands will be taking part and you can come along for only £6! Buy your ticket via the Arts Centre website. ⠀

Let us know your song suggestions. What would you like to see? ⠀

#rockprom #colchesterartscentre #colchesterevents #localevents #ticketsonline #colchester #essexmusicians #rockschool #musicschool #events #giglineup
As part of #teamtuesday @liamhayesguitarist mentioned it is equally as important to practice at home as it is in between lessons. ⠀

But how can you practice if you don't know the basics? Liam is using the #guitartuna app so you can make sure your guitar is always ready for a Sunday jamming session. ⠀

#basicsfirst #practicemakesperfect #sundayfunday #jammingsession #musicschool #musicteacher #rockstar #rockstarinthemaking #bedroompractice #sundaymotivation #guitartuning #essentials @yousician
This month we have a full schedule of events 🤘 ⠀

First up is the Rock Up Shop at @lionwalkshoppingcentre. Don't miss your chance to come along and learn how to play with us. ⠀

Our tutors @georgekrethlowdrum @ashdrumtuition @raynavandel @aj_kemp_guitar & James Harman alongside students from #Colchester, #Ipswich & #Chelmsford will be there from 10am - 4pm ⠀

Playing popular rock songs like Seven Nation Army, Sweet Child O Mine, Demons, Can't Stop plus many more! Stay tuned to see our students in rehearsal! ⠀

#colchesterevents #learningforlife #musicschool #schoolofrock #bandmembers #localevents #redlionwalk #colchestershopping #musicdreams #colchesterparents #activitiesforkids #freeevents #rockproject ⠀
Did you know that a lot of bands have different names before they "make it" ⠀

Including the legends that are @thebeatles. They were called The Quarrymen. ⠀


Which name do you prefer? ⠀

#thebeatles #beforetheywerefamous #rockstars #rockstarenergy #muscians #rocstars #schoolofrock #musiciansforlife #performingarts #musicdreams #factfriday
Next month we are taking over the @lionwalkshopping ⠀

As well as learning an instrument we are always encouraging our students to improve their confidence and perform in front of a live audience. ⠀

Now it's your turn to join in the fun & have a jamming session with us! ⠀

Turn up anytime between 10 and 4 and learn to play for free, message us to book a time slot and we’ll make sure we have a space waiting for you! 🤘 ⠀

#liveperformance #lionwalkcolchester #colchester #redlionwalk #localevents #colchesterevents #freeevents #rockstarsocialclub #rockstarenergy #rockstarlife #performance #performingarts
Meet @joshlockeofficial, he is our Ipswich bass tutor. ⠀

Do you have a question for Josh? He has been with us since the beginning of All Stars and with an impressive CV you can see why the students love him! ⠀
what band or song inspired you? @_chuckberry - Johnny B Goode ⠀

What’s your favourite song to play ? @queensofthestoneage - no one knows. ⠀

What’s been your best gig you played and what was the name of your band? @glastofest and @thebuccaneersband ⠀
Who’s your favourite band? @thebandghost ⠀

What do you love most about all stars? I love the interaction, comradeship and encouragement between the generations, successful musicians and the next. ⠀

#teamtuesday #meettheteam #musiciansforlife #musicteacher #musicdreams #bandmembers #rockschool #schoolofrock #rockstarenergy #musicschool #instaenergy #learningforlife #nooneknows
Do you know an outspoken Rock Star like @charli_xcx? ⠀
#charliexcx #rockstar #outspoken #celebrityquote #inspiration #rockschool #rockstars #rockstarenergy #becomearockstar #essex #suffolk #rockmusic #rocklover #rockstarsocialclub
Can you flip a stick? ⠀

Tag us in your attempts & get a free All Star Rock School hat. What else would you be doing on a Sunday evening? ⠀

#sundaychallenge #flipastick #rockstar #rockstarlife #musicschool #rockstarenergy #rockschool #musicschool #realrockstar #drummerforlife #drummer
This year we have a packed calendar full of performances throughout Essex and Suffolk. ⠀

Make a note in the diary because our students will be performing near you soon! Colchester you're up first & we can not wait! ⠀

#liveperformance #rocklovers #performance #localevents #suffolk #essex #essexyouth #suffolkyouth #performingarts #afterschool #kidsrock #streetperformance #bandperformance #bandmates #rockschool #musicschool #rockstarenergy #essexlove #suffolklove @lionwalkshopping @colchesterartscentre