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Cortland High School English teacher Steve Morgan, left, and sophomore Jack Davie, right, rehearse “Wagon Wheel” with music teacher Jennifer Rafferty on drums Tuesday in the school’s music room. Below, junior Clayton Boyce practices on an acoustic guitar. The teens are preparing for a rock show Friday at the Cortland Youth Bureau.
Teens to show off guitar licks Friday
For one period during the school day, Jack Davie gets to put down the books at Cortland High and don an electric guitar at the Valley View Drive school.
He’s taking High School Rock Guitar Class with 14 other teens — learning the ins and outs of acoustic and electric guitars.
“It’s a lot of fun. I have definitely learned a lot more about the theory of music, like chords, progressions, that stuff,” said Davie, a 16-year-old.
This is the first year of the class for Davie, who started playing when he was 12.
“I just really picked it back up this year,” he said.
The High School Rock Guitar Class will be showing off its stuff in a special show — the Cortland High School Rock Show, 7 p.m. Friday at the Cortland Youth Bureau, 35 Port Watson St. Free.
“I am really excited,” said Anessa Blumenfeld, 16, a tenth-grader. “I think it’s going to go well. It’s a good way to showcase what we have learned so far.”
The show will feature a mix of styles — classic rock, a reggae tune, folk, country. The students will play songs from The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Goo Goo Dolls and Panic! at the Disco, among others.