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Collaboration is the Key to Overland Park Music Students' Growth

 by Aaron Sizemore
Joe Chambers (guitar), David Cunningham (guitar), Sky Rong (drums & piano), Samantha Miller (voice & guitar), Brayden Silliman (bass), Jake Ravencroft (drums & percussion), Charley Starks (guitar)

The Music House students in the band, Demolition Ambition, have learned something profound: music is communication. That's why our programs here at Music House focus on opportunities for collaboration. That's where the good stuff happens. In a recent interview, the members of Demolition Ambition talk about their band and the fruits of collaboration — inspiration, self confidence and unexpected growth.

How did you guys come up with your band's name?

Samantha Miller: We needed a little help with this. Our teacher helped up come up with a list of potential names and then we all voted.

What do you think is the difference between a good band and a great one?

Joe Chambers: They believe in each other... like us.

Brayden Silliman: Great bands are always pushing musical limits.

What do you guys do that's special—that set's you apart from all the other Music House bands?

Jake Ravencroft: We're pretty versitile. I sing while playing drums!

Sky Rong: And I switch between piano and drums!

Who are your biggest influences?

Brayden: Geezer Butler: he inspired the way that I play.

Jake: Styx: I was introduced to syncopated drumming with them.

David Cunningham: Van Halen: EDDIE!

How would you describe the Demolition Ambition sound?

Jake: Our style is "go big or go home!"

Samantha: That's right. We do anything and everything we can.

What has working with a real band taught you that goes beyond what is taught in private music lessons?

Charles Starks: It's just more fun. It's a great experience.

Samantha: We learn to work with other musicians. TEAMWORK!

Do you guys write your own music?

Everyone: Yes!!

Brayden: I'm new to the band, but I've got lots of lyrics and riffs that I've come up with. I'll contributing to the band very soon!

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Written by Aaron Sizemore
Aaron Sizemore
Co-founder & Executive Director at Music House