Your typical high school band might not be anything you expected.
By Keegan Leonberg
Hail hail to the good times ‘cause rock has got the right of way We ain’t no legend, ain’t no cause We’re just livin’ for today — For Those About to Rock, AC/DC
The sun had just filtered through the dark, frozen clouds on a cold Sunday afternoon as I sat down with Leo Dolan, a freshman from Summit High and lead singer of The Catch at Thump coffee in downtown Bend.
“Man, I feel like I’m famous,” says Dolan with a grin. “I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Truth is, most high school bands rarely receive any ego-inflating attention from audiences, much less local media, even high school reporters like myself. But that doesn’t stop high schoolers from pursuing their rock and roll dreams. To the contrary, in a world where academics, sports, video games, and social media are all competing for teenagers’ attention, forming a band remains a tried and true rite of passage.