POTSDAM - Norfolk native Jon Dufore has always had a knack for two things - music and teaching.
Since earning a degree in guitar performance from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and returning to the north country, Mr. Dufore has combined his two passions into one title - private music teacher.
Mr. Dufore and his band, KTX, will kickoff a live student showcase at 1 p.m., March 30 in the upstairs venue of Potsdams Between the Buns restaurant.
So far, four of the teachers pupils are slated to perform that afternoon, all of them in the elementary to middle school age range. On the stage and performing live for the first time Ethan Plague, Grace Franklin, Alison Ettinger-Delong and Jacques Kuno.
These are kids where the average age is about 11. There are three Potsdam students and one from Canton, Mr. Dufore said. Right now they are all guitar students, and there will be some rock songs, some country, and some pop songs.
The pre-concert festivities for the children will include a red carpet photo shoot and the full rock star treatment. During the performances, students will take part in live action shots as well as having their set recorded for their own live performance video.
Following the bands opening, each of the students will have up to 10 minutes to perform, all while being accompanied by Mr. Dufores band.
A couple of them have done recitals before, but nothing like this. I really wanted to give them a really cool live performing experience. It gives them a big goal to work for and try to keep on improving. Its also just really fun - the idea of it, Mr. Dufore said.
Mr. Dufore primarily plays guitar, but also plays bass and drums. KTX, a funk, pop, and rock house band, consists of Mr. Dufore, Kyle Tupper, Mush Hughes, and Marcus Alvarez.
The musician said that even during his college days, he always found himself wanting to assist his friends as much as possible.
I went to school in LA for guitar performance and through that I found myself helping my classmates a lot. I was able to help people with stuff like that, Mr. Dufore said. Potsdam encourages the arts but is still a very small town. When I came back here, I wanted to bring more opportunities for students.
Mr. Dufore provides in-home lessons on guitar, bass, and drums, mostly in the Potsdam area. He currently has 11 students who take part in weekly lessons.
Despite being the first member of his immediate family to fully dive into the music field, he already has an impressive resume. At his college graduation, Mr. Dufore was awarded the schools Most Outstanding Student Award and was subsequently featured in Guitar World magazine.
Mr. Dufore is expecting a good showing for the performance and is hopeful that it will turn into an annual event.
Hopefully next year if we do it, we can bring in even more people and grow from there, he said.
Admission to the live concert event is free to the public and the doors will open at 12:30 p.m.