A multi-talented musician who played alongside the Arctic Monkeys and performed in the iconic Cavern Club is launching two rock schools for youngsters in Chippenham and Corsham.
Julian Pugsley is opening The Rock Project to teach youngsters aged 7-18 how to play the music they love thanks to tutoring by professional gigging musicians.
Father-of-two Julian, who works for Carer Support Wiltshire, will launch the new schools in Chippenham and Corsham on October 10 and 11.
Julian explained, “I’ve played in a number of groups since I was 15 years old after joining a Joy Division covers band at school. Then I started writing my own songs and in the early noughties my band Karmatruffle were signed to an independent record label which saw us sharing the bill with the Arctic Monkeys in Cardiff.
The father of music-loving Daisy aged 10 and five-year-old Noah is a former primary school teaching assistant and will combine both experiences to launch his own schools of rock.
“I’ve always loved performing and know how much it can build confidence in young people and help them develop their talents while making a new circle of like-minded friends.
“The Rock Project is such an innovative concept and has the ability to help young people thrive not just as musicians but in their everyday lives,” he added.
“I’m incredibly excited about launching the two schools and watching them develop in the rehearsal room and as performers live on stage.”
The Rock Project will take place every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm (junior) and 6.15pm to 8.15pm (senior) at The Cause, Chippenham and every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm (juniors) and 6.15pm to 8.15pm (seniors) at Springfield Community Campus in Corsham.
The weekly schools have separate sessions for juniors, aged 7-11 and seniors from 11 to 18-years-old. All of the instruments are supplied.
Half of the two-hour-long sessions will provide tuition on bass, guitar, drums or vocals, while the second half will bring the students together to perform as a band.