Natural Ear Music School Celebrates 15th Anniversary!

RECEIVED Wed., June 22, 2005

Dear Editor,
    We at Natural Ear Music School are celebrating our 15th year of operation in the city of Austin, and have had year-round bands since 1996; the first was Red Headed Stepchild, and eventually featured a 13-year-old Will Knaak on lead guitar and vocals. They cut a full-length CD in 1998 which is still in distribution. Will is now on staff here at Natural Ear Music, as well as Texas Hall of Fame members John X Reed, Freddie Krc, and our director, Alvin Crow.
    We welcome the Paul Green School of Rock to Austin, but are collectively scratching our heads over the big deal he's making about it ["TCB," Music, June 17]. Austin School of Music (est. 1996) was our first serious imitator, so we have seen this before.
    We had 22 weekly bands last year: the Flames, who won the AMN BOB; Loose Cannons, five fifth-graders who are playing this Saturday, June 25, at the Victory Grill; and Diamondhead, who were also finalists in the AMN Battle of the Bands.
    Our packed Rock and Roll Summer Camp will have its concert this Thursday at the Broken Spoke. We expect to max the house. Check out www.naturalearmusic.com for current videos.
Mike Murphy
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