Music program helps teens form bands
By DONNA VICKROY firstname.lastname@example.org November 4, 2012 7:04PM
Daze of Yore band members are (from left) Mike Williams, Pat Williams, Pete Yore and Liam Yore. | Donna Vickroy~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:01AM
Like a lot of kids their age, Pete and Liam Yore, of Tinley Park, and Mike and Pat Williams, of Orland Park, want to be rock stars.
Unlike most dreamers, the two sets of teenage brothers are already on their way. They’ve got talent, a band and some local gigs. Now they’re working on a CD release.
“We want to go to the top,” Mike Williams said.
The 17-year-old Sandburg High School student plays drums and piano with Daze of Yore, a band formed a few years ago by the Yore brothers. The Williams brothers joined at the suggestion of Tony Tabor, owner of the House of Music in Orland Hills.
Tabor has a flair for matching talents and temperaments.
With a staff of 14, Tabor is able to offer lessons in voice and all instruments. Among his more popular services is the rock band program that he began in 2010.
Tabor, who has a degree in music education, brings musicians together based on abilities and personalities. The kids practice together, take lessons together and can book their own gigs, if they like. Daze of Yore has done just that, playing to packed houses at the Blarney Stone in Oak Forest and Ed ‘n’ Joe’s in Tinley Park.
The fee for rock band is $19 per hour and each band member is also required to take private lessons.
“We’re education-based,” Tabor said. “I want every kid here to know how to read music.”
Three times a year, Tabor lets the groups take the stage to perform during daylong showcase events. Past events have been held at Sullivan’s in Midlothian and the former Sam Maguire’s in Orland Park. They’ve got their eye on Bourbon Street for the next gig.
“It’s hard for kids to come together on their own,” Tabor, an Andrew High School graduate, said. “This place is a hub for kids from different schools to meet and play together.”
Mike said Daze of Yore clicked immediately.
Pete Yore, 16, said the brothers complement each other.
“Liam and I like a mix of reggae, ska, rock and funk,” Pete said. “The Williams brothers bring an alternative touch to the band. We work off each other and create a nice sound.”
Pete, who attends Andrew High School, handles guitar and vocals for the group.
The teens practice “all the time,” said Liam Yore, 13, who plays percussion. Among his inspirations is Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“It’s really cool when people like our music,” said Liam, an eighth-grader at Prairie View Middle School.
“This is sort of an addiction,” Pete said. “We’re all very good with our ear. We can pick up songs fast, usually in a day or two.”
Pat Williams, 13, attends Central Middle School. He plays bass and handles backup vocals for Daze of Yore.
He said it was nerve-racking at first to perform before an audience, but he quickly realized the better you know your music, the more comfortable performing becomes.
To demonstrate how far they’ve come, two shows ago the teens pulled out a tambourine and smashed it.
“We were really into it,” Pat said.
The House of Music is at 15900 S. Haven Ave., Orland Hills; (708) 403-9903; houseofmusicorland.com.