ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Our founder, Stephen Jacobs, has been dedicated to creating innovate and positive ways of teaching and playing music for over twenty years. He is the co-founder of the award winning (best NYC summer camp), peace education program Kids Creative and the co-founder of the acclaimed kids rock group The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. The Dirty Socks were voted “Best Kids Band in NY” by Time Out NY Kids, have travelled the world performing for families and been mainstays on Nick Jr. for years.
Stephen’s exciting approach to teaching took shape when he obtained a graduate degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. He then moved to NYC and founded Kids Creative with his brother Adam. Over the last 15 years Kids Creative has reached more than 8,000 NYC school students, building confidence and improving overall school performance through the arts. Three years ago, Stephen came up with the idea for Come Join The BAND and is consistently amazed at the talent level and dedication of both the kids and the teachers!
Stephen and Adam created the powerful “no teasing or fake teasing” policy combined with “all ideas are good” and its counterpart “no no’s” which has built incredible confidence in thousands of kids and inspired them to be kind and creative with each other. Bullying is essentially nonexistent at Kids Creative and Come Join The BAND!
Stephen is also an accomplished musician, having studied with renowned Manhattan School of Music professor and Ornette Colman Prime Time guitarist, Chris Rosenberg. He has also studied with Frank Potenza, head of guitar studies at USC. Stephen plays guitar and bass in the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, is composer and guitarist in TACO (The Alchemist Club Orchestra) alongside They Might Be Giant’s and Newsies trombonist Dan Levine. TACO scores all videos for the amazing Circus Alchemikus. Stephen has performed alongside Nina Persson of the Cardigans and Nona Hendryx of LaBelle. He has scored the feature film “El Segundo” and the Off Broadway show Delicious Vaudeville. He also proudly appears with Come Join The BAND! teachers Jesse Krakow and Tom Shad in the all male Madonna tribute band “Mandonna.” Go Madge!
He hopes you all sign up and “COME JOIN THE BAND!!!” He’d love to meet you!