Boise Rock School Rocks!

Jared Goodpaster and Ryan Peck are teachers. By day, Goodpaster teaches 8th grade history at East Junior High and Peck is a professor of biology at Boise State University.

But when the school’s out bells ring, Goodpaster, 32, and Peck, 34, pack up the books and strap on guitars as they get ready to teach another class at Boise Rock School.

Goodpaster readily admits that Boise’s version stemmed from the one Jack Black made famous.

“A lot of our inspiration came from the movie, ‘School of Rock,'” he said. “I used to look like Jack Black, but I’ve lost some weight.” After the movie came out, a lot of rock schools sprang up around the country.

Boise Rock School started in the summer of 2008.

“We reached out to all our friends who had kids,” Goodpaster said.

At first, “the kids used all of our instruments.” And what started out as a pretty small group has grown into a booming operation.

“Now we have about 50 kids and 11 working bands,” Goodpaster said.

You can see four of the bands perform at The Linen Building Friday Oct. 16 and on Friday, Oct. 30 — for Halloween — they’ll perform in a “Monster Mash” event at the Record Exchange.“All the bands are gonna dress up and rock out,” Goodpaster said.

WHAT: Kidding Around Live at the Linen
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16
WHERE: The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove Street
TICKETS: At the door: $8 (21 and older), $5 (12 to 20) and $3 (11 and younger). All ages. Beer and wine available.

WHAT: Monster Mash at the Record Exchange
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
WHERE: The Record Exchange, 1105 West Idaho Street


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