Dear Tim:

When my partner Bob Bogle and I bought a Kay guitar and a bass from Sears Roebuck and taught ourselves 3 songs, we could not have known that, from our first recording in a 2 track studio, Walk Don’t Run would go on to become a rock and roll standard and, decades later in 2008, help land us in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nor could we have known that Billboard Magazine would one day rate us the number one instrumental group in the world. Could that have happened today? Probably not - as a matter of fact when our record was climbing up the musical charts, we got a call to go on tour - we were so ill-prepared at that time that we only knew 3 songs! 

The preparation and opportunity ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music and Tim Alamsha Productions is offering these young musicians will pay off with great dividends and will turn out artists infinitely more able to handle the success that will surely come from their efforts.

 

Don Lee Wilson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founder and leader of The Ventures.



RECENT NEWS


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Standing room only at The Hard Rock Cafe for our May 2016 quarterly Concert.  We also celebrated ROCK U 2's five-year Anniversary!!









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ROCK U 2 students performed at The IP in Studio B for the 3rd Annual ROCK the Block!  It was a great evening of entertainment, food and fun to benefit The Rock U 2 Foundation.  The Rock U 2 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides scholarships for musical instruments, music lessons and interactive music lessons to children on the Gulf Coast
.  Special guests were Southern Halo and Trent Ladner.


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December 5th, musicians from ROCK U 2 performed at the

Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi for the
 Family Holiday Celebration.  The event had wonderful arts & crafts, food & beverages from McDonald's Descher Corp, Ben & Jerry's and The Shed.  Of course Santa made a special appearance!



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Join us for an amazing night of entertainment from     ROCK U 2 bands, vocal groups and soloists.  
 Admission is FREE and open to the public.






Gift Certificates Available for Music Lessons, Music Programs AND Recording Packages!


ROCK U 2 Bands, Vocal Performance Groups, and Soloists
performed to a packed house during the Quarterly Concert at The Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, November 19th!

        

Join us Thursday, October 16th at 6 PM for
Madi Cooper's World Video Premiere and Concert Event.  
Special performances by ROCK U 2 Academy of Popular Music.
AND
Art Show and Competition!
Cash Prizes awarded for Grades 1-12
Call 228-355-2025 to sign-up or use our Contact page!


Summer Quarterly Concert at the Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi!
Bands performed to a packed house August 28th and performed songs by Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Pink, MAGIC, Miranda Lambert,  Radiohead, Cyndi Lauper, Rihanna, Queen and much more.
              



2015 Summer Music Camps were a Success!
June - July we held 8 weeks of music camps for ages 5-18.  Young musicians learned how to play guitar, keys, drums, bass, vocals and ended each week with a performance for
family and friends! 
 
                 
                             


ROCK U 2 Two-Night Concert Event is
Wednesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 22nd
at Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi!
Open to the public and admission is Free.
Young Musicians and Singer/Songwriters from Mississippi will perform songs by Santana, Adele, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Led Zeppelin, Skillet, Paramore and much more!!
                        
                                                                 


Saturday, January 18th


Bands from ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music will perform at The 2nd Annual Family Fitness Festival at Greyhound Stadium on Ocean Springs from 3-5 PM.  During the Opening Ceremonies and throughout the day, Recording Artists from Tim Alamsha Productions will also perform.
 

 Every Tuesday Night from 6 - 9 PM  ROCK U 2 Solo Performers and Young Talent from the Gulf Coast perform at The Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi for Lil' Rocker Tuesday!  Great entertainment and wonderful dinner specials, with one adult entree two children under 10
eat for FREE!



May 22nd and 23rd


Join us for a great night of entertainment when ROCK U 2 bands take the stage for their quarterly two-night concert event and two-year anniversary celebration at The Dock in Gulfport.   Students ages 5-18 will perform songs by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, The Go Go's, Linkin Park, Lady Antebellum, The Spice Girls, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato and much more.  Both shows are 6-8 PM and admission is FREE!
 


April 21st, 2013

ROCK U 2 recording artist, Jade Sanders opened up for Hunter Hayes at the Coast Coliseum for the Crawfish Festival!  She rocked the stage with  her band, which consists of ROCK U 2 students, Nick Everett on lead guitar, Maxine Everett on drums, Sam Everett on Keyboard and 
Tim Alamsha Jr. on Bass.



February 20th & 21st


"
ROCKIN' The DOCK" Winter Concert was a huge success!
The ROCK U 2 bands performed a two-night Concert at The Dock in Gulfport.  Special Guests performing at the pre-show were Jade Sanders, Lexi Sinclaire, Madi Cooper, Abby Emmons, Kristian Cowart and Lizzy Martin.  Students ages 5 - 17 performed songs by Evanescence, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Survivor, Soundgarden, The Jackson 5, Pink,The B52's and much more!


January 18th 

 

Join us for a great night of entertainment when ROCK U 2 bands take the stage for their quarterly two-night concert event and two-year anniversary celebration at The Dock in Gulfport.   Students ages 5-18 will perform songs by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, The Go Go's, Linkin Park, Lady Antebellum, The Spice Girls, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato and much more.  Both shows are 6-8 PM and admission is FREE! ROCK U 2 recording artist, Jade Sanders opened up for Hunter Hayes at the Coast Coliseum for the Crawfish Festival!  She rocked the stage with  her band, which consists of ROCK U 2 students, Nick Everett on lead guitar, Maxine Everett on drums, Sam Everett on Keyboard and  Tim Alamsha Jr. on Bass. ROCKIN' The DOCK" Winter Concert was a huge success! The ROCK U 2 bands performed a two-night Concert at The Dock in Gulfport.  Special Guests performing at the pre-show were Jade Sanders, Lexi Sinclaire, Madi Cooper, Abby Emmons, Kristian Cowart and Lizzy Martin.  Students ages 5 - 17 performed songs by Evanescence, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Survivor, Soundgarden, The Jackson 5, Pink,The B52's and much more!

 

Would you like to be able to ask singer/songwriter, Brandon Green about his career, performing on American Idol and  playing with Keith Urban?

 Then join us at ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music for a Meet & Greet and Unplugged Concert this
Friday, January 18th from 5:30 – 6:00!!
(Special thanks to The Mississippi Songwriter 's Association)

Brandon Green

  With a list of TV engagements under his belt, including a stint on Season Seven of American Idol and runner up on Season 2 of CMT's hit show, “Can You Duet”. Now add the winner of Our Stage - Guitar Center "Your Next Record with Keith Urban" winner! This gave Brandon the opportunity to record 3 songs with Keith himself and his producer, Dann Huff (producer of Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood), an opening spot on Keith’s 2011 Get Closer Summer Tour, and having Keith featured on one of Brandon’s songs. Mississippi native Brandon Green is an ambitious performer and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Born in Lucedale, MS, near Mobile, AL, his diverse influences help him craft high-energy songs that are in-tune with today's popular country styles, and his humility helps him remain true to his roots.

Where:    ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music      

     624 Jackson Avenue, Ocean Springs

When:     Friday, January 18th from 5:30 – 6:00

Cost:      Free

Questions:  Call 228-355-2025


November 14th & 15th

The Two-Night Concert Event at The Hard Rock Café in Biloxi was awesome!  Pre-show performers were Kristian Cowart, Madi Cooper, Jade Sanders and Southern Halo.  Each night five bands took the stage and performed songs by The White Stripes, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Journey, FUN, Guns n’ Roses, Katy Perry and much more! 


October - November 2012


ROCK U 2 Bands had a busy Fall performing at The Peter Anderson Fall Festival, St James Fall Festival and Sacred Heart Annual Bazaar!  Thanks to all of our instructors, sound engineer, Andrew Whitman, parents and musicians who helped make it happen!!


ROCK U 2 Bands to perform July 4th at Jones Park in Gulfport!

Come celebrate July 4th with us at Jones Park in Gulfport.  Starting at 5 PM there will be games, activities, food, drinks, and plenty of fun for the whole family!  ROCK U 2 bands will perform from 6:30 - 8:30
Fireworks are at 8:45




ROCK U 2 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Two-Night Concert Event at The Hard Rock Café Biloxi!

May 16th & 17th 

Both nights had standing room only as bands performed to cheering crowds. The Hard Rock donated several items to be part of a drawing - a Fender Acoustic guitar autographed by the Band Perry, Dinner for Two at the Cafe and Ben & Jerry's donated Gift Certificates. All proceeds were donated to the ROCK U 2 Foundation which provides musical instruments and scholarships for children to study music!

 

 
 
  

ROCK U 2 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Two-Night Concert Event at The Hard Rock Café Biloxi!

Join us in celebrating our one-year Anniversary during our two-night Concert Event at The Hard Rock Café Biloxi on May 16th and 17th both shows are 6:30 – 8 PM with Free admission. Children ages 6-18 will be performing songs by Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and much more. There will be a drawing for a chance to win a Fender Acoustic autographed guitar by The Band Perry and Dinner for two donated by The Hard Rock Café and 5 Gift certificates for Ben & Jerrys!. All the proceeds from the drawing will go to the ROCK U 2 Foundation, Inc. which provides underserved children in Jackson and Harrison Counties musical instruments, music resources and music scholarships.

 

ROCK U 2 students perform at MayFest, Saturday, May 5th!


Celebrate The Shed!

Friday, March 23rd

ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music will present a special night of family entertainment to celebrate the rebuilding of the Shed.  Students from ROCK U 2 will perform some of your favorite Pop, Rock, Country and R&B songs and the concert will also feature some Guest Artists performing original music. 


Brook Lewis said, “We are so excited that the students from ROCK U 2 wanted to help us let the community know we are open for business.  Music is such an important part of our history and we are so grateful that Tim and Barbara Alamsha have created a place where children can learn how to play and perform popular music.”  

The concert will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 23rd at the Shed on Highway 57 in Ocean Springs.  Guest artists will include Ocean Springs singer/songwriter Jade Sanders, Abigail Osteen, and David Mitchell.  The Shed is looking for memorabilia and other vintage items to assist in their redecorating.  Guests attending the concert can bring these items the night of the show or can bring them by the Shed anytime.  

For more information on The Shed, you can visit their website at: 
http://theshedbbq.com/ 






ROCK U 2 Winter Concert Live at The Hard Rock!


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Bands from ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music rocked the house at The Hard Rock Café in Biloxi!  There was standing room only and standing ovations all night!







Fall Quarterly Concert at The Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education


Tuesday, November 15th

What a show!! If you missed the Concert at the Mary C, visit our YouTube page and view the songs that were performed.


ROCK U 2 Bands Perform at The Peter Anderson Festival in Downtown Ocean Springs

Saturday, November 5th



Last Saturday, students from ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music rocked the crowd at the Peter Anderson Festival.  Visitors and Ocean Springs Natives were impressed with all the bands that performed!

Saturday, October 29th

The Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Entertainment will be having their Annual Fall Festival.  The students from ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music have been invited to participate and will be entertaining the crowds from 2 PM – 4 PM.

 

                                                                                                             
                                       

Friday, October 14, 2011

ROCK U 2 students, Ethan Worch and Grace Newton “rocked” during their performances of “School House Rock” at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center!  Everyone loved the show!

ROCK U 2 Bands perform at the 85th Annual Sacred Heart Bazaar
  

Sunday, October 9
th



All the bands at ROCK U 2 had a blast performing at the Sacred Heart Fall Festival & Bazaar!  Up and coming recording artists, Sons of Seymour and Jade Sanders also were Special Guest Performers.
  

 

ROCK U Students Perform at Celebrate Ocean Springs!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2011

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce and WLOX invited ROCK U 2 bands to perform at Celebrate Ocean Springs on Wednesday, August 29th.  WLOX broadcasted live during their 4 PM, 5 PM & 6 PM shows. 

ROCK U 2’s First Concert was the Event of the Summer!




August 5, 2011

ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music held its first quarterly concert last night at the Victory International Christian Center.  The Concert started promptly at 7:00 PM and Students performed to a packed house.  According to ROCK U 2 Founder Barbara Alamsha, “This was a wonderful evening.  Our Students performed brilliantly and nearly $500 was raised for the ROCK U 2 Foundation.”  The audience was entertained by thirteen songs performed by the students at ROCK U 2 and several Guest Artists.  Prior to the Concert ROCK U 2 founder, Tim Alamsha addressed the crowd and told them how proud he was of all of the Students and the dedicated Instructors at ROCK U 2.  He shared with the audience that it had been less then three months since ROCK U 2’s Ribbon Cutting and that many of the Students had been out on vacation or at camp during the summer and that many other Students had started within the last six weeks.  The audience was simply amazed by the performances they experienced.  The show ended at 8:30 PM and many of guests and parents commented that the evening seemed to go by so quickly and that they couldn’t wait for the next Concert.  You can find pictures from the Concert on the ROCK U 2 Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-U-2-the-Ocean-Springs-Academy-of-Popular-Music/202942436388336 and you can see videos from the Concert at the ROCK U 2 Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/RockU2OceanSprings. 

The Concert Is Here! 

 August 1, 2011

The staff and students at ROCK U 2 The Ocean Spring Academy of Popular Music have been working feverishly to prepare for the first concert which will be at 7:00 PM Thursday, August 4, 2011.  That’s right the concert is this Thursday and will be held at the Victory International Christian Center located at 8401 Ocean Springs Road Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 

The concert had originally been scheduled to be at the Purple Pelican in Ocean Springs.  “Steve Munn and the staff at the Purple Pelican have been truly wonderful to work with.  Over the last few weeks our enrollment at ROCK U 2 has nearly doubled and it became clear that we were going to need additional seating.  When Pastor Carlton G. McCarter Founder and Senior Pastor at Victory International Christian Center became aware that we needed a larger venue, he offered their facility,” said ROCK U 2 founder Tim Alamsha.

Victory International Christian Center has a state of the art sound reinforcement system, excellent lighting, large video screens and is set up for multi camera video taping.  There is plenty of parking and comfortable seating for 250 people.  “Pastor McCarter and his wife Marilyn have truly built a wonderful environment and we can’t wait to see our students perform there,” said ROCK U 2 founder Barbara Alamsha.  

In addition to wonderful performances by the students at ROCK U 2 there will be performances by several guest artists.  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music located at 624 Jackson Avenue, Ocean Springs, Mississippi or at the door on Thursday evening at the Victory International Christian Center.  For additional information you can call (228) 355-2025

 

 Open Registration Was a Blast!

July 30, 2011

 

Nearly one hundred people came to ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music today to sign up to be in Jade Sanders Music Video for her single, “My Door’s Open.” 


July 21, 2011

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Would you like to be in a Major Music Video?

Filming for Jade Sander’s Music Video for her single, “My Door’s Open” will start shortly!

Open Registration will be from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at ROCK U 2 the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music at

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