Dylan Hilliker

 
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My name is Dylan Hilliker. I have been a PRS student for over 6 years and a drum instructor for a couple of months. Pure Rock has given me so many opportunities to develop as a musician, a teacher, and a person throughout my years of drum and guitar lessons.

    I began playing drums and guitar around age 7. I picked up guitar first but it wasn’t my thing so I decided to switch full time to drums. I took lessons on and off in my home state of North Carolina. When we moved to Rochester in 2008, I was looking for a place to further my playing and my music knowledge in general. I remember hearing about Pure Rock from one of my peers and convinced my parents to sign me up for drum lessons. I started off my experience as a drum student with Ryan in the garage of his house- the birthplace of this wonderful organization.    Since then, I have been in two bands: Nicklaus Drive, my middle school project, and Dystonia, my full time high school project. With Dystonia, my bandmate Kevin and I have recorded two EPs and two full length albums throughout the course of our 4 years of high school. Releasing an album is one of the most rewarding things to accomplish as a musician and Pure Rock helped me get to the point where I was comfortable enough with my playing and songwriting to take that leap. Drew, my guitar instructor, was also one of the people featured on this last album we released.    Throughout the course of high school, I have played in my high school (JMHS) marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz band, concert orchestra, pit orchestra, and choir. Playing with all of these groups has helped me grasp the importance of listening and playing within the context of a group- a skill very much applicable to a rock band setting. Without my experiences as a high school musician, I would not have the skills transferable to a live band setting.    This year, I decided to start a music festival for teen musicians in Rochester. The event was called ROCKchester and was held at the Wicked Moose on May 15th. Eleven bands and artists representing all high schools in Rochester shared their talents with the community for a whole day’s worth of teen music and art. To see the event go from the planning stages into a full scale festival was incredible rewarding and Ryan helped me the whole way as part of my advisory board. Pure Rock also sponsored the event and had their teen group open the festival. Without the connection to PRS, I would not have had the success I had with an event that drew over 300 people in its first year!    This fall, I will be heading off to Nashville, TN to study music business at Belmont University. I would like to thank all my instructors- who are now my coworkers- for all their support and guidance throughout my journey as a musician. I plan to come home and teach in the summers and advance my career in the industry after my 4 years at Belmont. Thanks to Pure Rock Studios, I know I have the skills to succeed in whatever music industry profession I choose to pursue.

 

Regan Anderson

 

Regan Anderson has been a student at Pure Rock Studios since 2013. She started first with vocal lessons and within a year or so began taking keyboard lessons as well. Regan has performed at various PRS events, including solos with the band and key/vocal solos. She has performed solos at church while providing her own accompaniment, one of her favorites praise songs is “One Thing Remains”. Regan competed in the Olmstead County Fair singing “Stay with Me” in 2015 taking 2nd place overall and 1st place among the other vocalists. She has made the talent show at her school every year, this year she played the piano while singing “Lost Boys”. Regan has also sang the National Anthem at numerous Century High School home volleyball games. Aside from music, Regan also enjoys playing volleyball and hanging out with friends.

 

Studio Renovation

 

Attention Pure RockerS

PRS is thrilled to share some wonderful, exciting news with all of you! Within months we will begin a major building expansion and renovation!! After 5 years of growth in Rochester it is finally time for our dream to become reality.

Our new building will be in the same location with the expansion being added to the east (Broadway) side. The existing building will go through a complete remodel giving us a fresh, modern feel but not losing the comfortable environment you all love. Six additional lesson rooms will be added, as well as a study nook for those wanting to hang out in a more “quiet” area. The east side of the existing building will become our “Drum Wing” offering two drum lesson rooms! New bathrooms, new front entry and reception area, as well as MUCH more open space will give PRS a whole new look. The icing on the cake is our new performance area complete with staging and concert lighting. This was always our goal, and we are thrilled to see it come to be. We will finally have our own performances right here!

Adam Ferrari from 9.Square, PSC is our architect. We are exited to be working with him as his vision, as well as, his musical background aligns with ours. You may have seen his work at places like Grand Rounds, Forager, Limb Lab, and Doggery to name a few.  Adam Kramer of Kramer Contracting will be our builder. He also has a musical background. Adam and Ryan were in their very first band together as kids, and still perform together from time to time.

This awesome adventure wouldn’t be a possibility if it weren’t for every single one of you.  Some have been with us for almost 5 years now! You are our most valued customers and to you we say THANK YOU. This build is our way of showing how your money has been reinvested in you and your family’s music education.  For those that are fairly new to PRS, you’ve signed up at the right time! We are about to become something Southern Minnesota has yet to experience!

With all that being said, we have one request…..please be PATIENT with the build process. It is our goal to not disrupt lessons as much as possible. However, with a build this big things are bound to get crazy at times. Bear with us and know that in a short period of time your music lesson center will become a state of the art facility!

Thanks for all your continued business. The future looks and SOUNDS amazing at Pure Rock Studios! 

 

 

Darren Miller

 

After completing his Bachelor of Music degree, three years of premedical coursework, and taking part in some of the many musical and medical organizations in Rochester, Darren is excited to be applying to medical school. Hoping to combine the pedagogical and clinical aspects of his teaching with his interest in surgery, Darren hopes to eventually pursue post-graduate training as an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgical specialist. In the meantime, he is looking forward to a year of speech pathology learning, working with a diverse student group, and graduate school interviews.