See below for a note from Max….

Dear fellow banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar pickers,

I just wanted to reach out to some of my current and former students to see if anyone would be interested in forming an “Americana” band at Guitar Shed.  The Guitar Shed bands are a great way for students who have got the basics down to begin deepening their skills by rehearsing regularly with a consistent group and playing out in the community.  The teen and the adult rock bands have been going really well at the guitar shed, and band members have had a lot of fun performing at local bars, restaurants and festivals.  The Americana band would be a way to offer a similar experience to folks interested in bluegrass, old-time, folk, country, and everything in-between. “Americana” is a wide genre, and I’m happy to build the repertoire around the interests of the band members.

We don’t have a day/time set for the rehearsals, but they would likely be from 8:15 PM to around 9:45 PM on a weeknight, or perhaps earlier on a Friday.  Sunday afternoons/evenings are a possibility as well.  The cost for adult bands is $30 per rehearsal. If you’re interested in staying in the loop, please email Guitar Shed at [email protected] to get on the waiting list.  When enough people have expressed interest, you’ll hear back about more details.  Thanks and I hope y’all have a great Thanksgiving!


Please fill out an online LGMP Scholarship Application at:

The Lanta Gras Music Program (LGMP):LGMP provides private music lesson scholarships for one year. Lessons begin with one 30-minute lesson per week (summer and holiday weeks not included). The lessons are held at Guitar Shed, 1610 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, 30317. Students and their parent / guardians are responsible for transportation to/from these free lessons. Once awarded a scholarship, students will contact Guitar Shed to coordinate their weekly lesson schedule and to choose from one of the following instruments: Drums, Guitar, Violin, Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin and Voice.

Eligibility and Priority: Student eligibility is extended to children who attend public school in the Jackson Cluster and/or reside in the NPU-O neighborhoods of Kirkwood, East Lake and Edgewood — as well as parents/guardians who are employed within this NPU-O zone in the following professions: schools (pre-K through 12), first responders (Police, Fire and Rescue) and military service. Our candidate age group is 4th-12th grade students, but younger candidates may be considered. Applying for this scholarship is a commitment to attend weekly lessons and an agreement to march with us in our annual “Lanta Gras” parade, which is held in Kirkwood on the last Saturday in January. Happy Lanta Gras!

Lanta Gras is a Mardi Gras Parade with purpose. Our mission is to build community and provide opportunities for children through the common bond of music. Please email questions to [email protected]