Count Basie Theatre

Rock Programs at The Basie

Online Registration NOT available for Audition-Based Programs.
Other ways to Register: Fax, Mail, In Person or Call 732-224-8778 x125
Click here to download Rockit Application.

New Jersey’s premier rock band program for young musicians

INSTRUCTORS: Andy Greatorox • Corey Markowitz • Dan Ricker • Zac Silva

Learn classic tunes during six weeks of group instruction, and be a rock star on stage as you perform live at the Count Basie Theatre’s historic venue. Vocalists, drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, brass and string players are encouraged to complement their private studies with our collaborative program. Audition and orientation class is required. All band classes are 90-minutes long and taught by talented instructors with diverse backgrounds. Space is limited.


Audition Requirements and Procedure: Ages 8 - 18

• All students must be currently studying with an instructor or a self taught master of music.

• Students must perform a TWO-minute selection that best represents their style and ability. Vocalists may audition with a karaoke CD, musical
   accompaniment or sing a capella. Singing along with a prerecorded CD with vocals is not permitted. Karaoke is suggested.

• All other musicians may audition with live or CD accompaniment, or solo.

• Students are expected to bring their own guitars, straps, drum sticks, brass and string instruments. All other equipment is provided, including a full
   pedal board for guitarists.

• All students must attend all rehearsals unless extenuating circumstances should occur and must also perform in the end-of-semester concert.


• SUGGESTIONS: Instruments audition with a CD track or accompaniment. Guitarists need two minutes to get through a verse, chorus and solo. Soloing is not a requirement but helpful in band placement. If vocalists decide to audition a capella, please ask us for a starting note or bring a pitch pipe. Vocalists tend to go out of pitch without this. No medleys please.

If your child meets the requirements and is interested in joining Rockit, please complete the application and return it with a $10 audition fee made payable to: The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701. You will be notified of your child’s audition time once the application is received.



Audition Fee: $10 Due with application (Made payable to Rockit)

Program Fee: $380 (Made payable to Count Basie Theatre) Due upon acceptance into the program.


All students must comply with these guidelines and entrance to the program is based on their audition performance. Participation in past Rockit programs does not guarantee placement. The above-noted requirements are necessary to insure that each child enrolled in the program has a positive learning experience. Each band will be assigned a specific time and day for their 90-minute rehearsal class.


Winter Concert: Sunday, March 2, 3PM on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre

Spring Program dates are:

Audition: Saturday, March 22 (Assigned).

Orientation: Saturday, April 26 • 3PM (for new students only)

Rehearsals: Each accepted student will be assigned to one 90-minute rehearsal time slot between Tuesday and Saturday. The spring rehearsal schedule will take place from the week of May 6 through June 21.
Concert: Sunday, June 22, 2PM on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre


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