|Posted on October 26, 2022|
|Matador Express delivers rock music to high school students|
|By Casey Scheiner|
|The Matador Express performs a variety of 1970s rock and roll songs on October 20 on the Miramonte Quad. Photo Casey Scheiner|
As the students devoured their lunches between classes on October 20, a harmony echoed through the Miramonte quad very different from the usual murmur of conversations: rock and roll. During lunch, the high school students listened to their classmates perform a selection of rock classics. The band, known as the Matador Express, is made up of Miramonte students and a teacher who perform together at school.
The band finds its roots at the end of last school year, when band teacher Thomas Dwyer and English teacher Steve Poling conceived the idea of a band in which students and staff played music rock together. While Poling had to leave the band due to other educational commitments, Dwyer continues to lead the Matador Express, in addition to his other abilities as a teacher of the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Band.
“I’ve been here for three years trying to grow the music program, and it’s a great way to do that,” Dwyer said. “[Poling] suggested that staff play with students in a rock band, which I thought was a great idea. Since then, we practice during academy times when students have time to study independently.”
Like their teacher, the student members of the Matador Express bring great enthusiasm to their performance, explaining why Miramonte students enjoy both listening to and participating in their concerts.
“I only joined [Matador Express] a month ago, but I’m already enjoying it because I’m in a rock band,” said Miramonte sophomore Thomas Boifort, a member of the Matador Express. “Bass and guitar are my favorite instruments, so I really like playing metal and rock.”
This time, the band focused on 1970s rock anthems, like “25 or 6 to 4” and “Does Everyone Really Know What Time Is”, both by the band Chicago. However, in future performances, the band may move on to another period in rock and roll history.
“Next semester we might add more modern tracks, like 90s or 2000s,” Dwyer said.
Spectators greeted the show with great fanfare, flocking to the quad to listen to the music of the Matador Express.
“The concert was lively and lit up the mood for all the students,” said Kokomi Banerjee, Junior of Miramonte. “I really like having live music on campus because it boosts the mood and makes school more enjoyable, especially during lunch between tough classes.”
Fortunately for students like Banerjee, the Matador Express has no intention of stopping.
“We plan to do another performance this fall,” Dwyer said. “In the spring we will have new tracks and maybe new performers.”