Youth Professional Development Workshop Series: Gigging and Rehearsal Essentials


The Music District - 639 S College


Attention Youth Musicians (18 and under)! Are you writing your own songs, in a band, looking to play out or just considering how to take your music to the next level? This completely FREE four-part professional development workshop is for you! Come by the Music District on Wednesdays in June from 1 – 3 pm to learn about a host of topics to help you advance your musical ambitions. This will be a hands-on learning environment presented by experts in their fields.

Gigging and Rehearsal Essentials

We all want to play tons of gigs – but how can we make sure we’re ready? Johnny Burroughs and Mary Claxton (of The Burroughs) will discuss how to set and meet performance goals, plan effective and fun rehearsals, get through disagreements with your bandmates, create crowd-pleasing set-lists and more. A must for anyone wanting to play out and get the most out of their performances to build audiences.


  • Your signed parent/guardian authorization form* (if you have not already provided one).
  • A list of 10 songs that you either know or would want to perform. We will work together to make awesome set-lists.
  • Your instrument.
  • Optional: A basic recording device (like a phone).

*Parent/guardian authorization is required for participants under 18. Form can be downloaded HERE.

Johnny Burroughs has been performing since he was 5 years old. Having grown up in the church, where he played multiple instruments and lead congregations since the age of 11, he has had years of experience commanding a crowd. In addition to his sacred music career, he has fronted several bands and created his own solo musical explorations. He toured nationally with Dream Records’ artist We Are Leo from 2010 to 2012. He currently is the front man and chief songwriter for soul band, The Burroughs, where he is renowned for his energetic and magnetic stage presence and ability to command a crowd.

Mary Claxton has two major passions – music and education. By day, she is the Colorado Director of Programs for Little Kids Rock, helping to bring the gift of inclusive, student-centered, and culturally relevant music to students across the state. By night, she performs regularly as a drummer with soul-band, The Burroughs, and also plays ukulele and sings in her own band, Trash Cat.