Electric violinist Joe Deninzon Joins SEE I Rock Orchestra (Students From The Sycamore School System in the School’s Rock Orchestra) On 2/13

Joe Deninzon
Joe Deninzon

SEE I Rock Orchestra of the Sycamore School district will be presenting contemporary hits including AC/DC’s Back in Black, Jimi Hendrix’s Fire, Coldplay’s A sky Full of Stars and Muse’s Starlight and Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses plus some of Joe Deninzon’s music at Sycamore High School, in Cincinnati, OH on February 13 at 7 pm.
Admission is $10
The school’s phone number is (513) 686-1760.
The website is sycamoreschools.org. Tickets are available on www.SBOB.org through the online store.

Activities on February 12 include workshops with students from both Sycamore’s Junior and Senior High Schools. Workshops run 8:15 am through 11:20 am at the High School and Junior High. After dinner, at 6:30 pm, on Thursday, Feb. 12, Joe and the SEE 1 Rock Orchestra will rehearse at Sycamore High School. Dress rehearsal is Friday afternoon 12:30 to 3:30 pm at Sycamore High School.

The Concert will be Friday, February 13, at 7 pm at Sycamore High School, 5757 Copper Road, Cincinnati, OH.

Sycamore Electric Ensemble is Cincinnati’s first high school rock orchestra. Formed in 2003, SEE 1 his composed of electric string instruments along with traditional “garage band” instruments. SEE 1 has collaborated with national fiddling champion Alex DePue, and Mark Wood, internationally known electric violinist and Emmy-winning composer and Christian Howes, internationally known jazz and rock violinist. The concert will feature a professional light show.

Conducting The SEE I Rock Orchestra is founder David Smarelli, now in his 26 th year as the Director of Orchestras, and a strings teacher for the Sycamore Community Schools. His musical credits include conducting the Ohio Northern University String Ensemble and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra (where he also served as music director).

In Cincinnati, Smarelli performs regularly with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and has guest conducted on several occasions. He currently is the assistant concertmaster with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He has played violin in the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Chamber Players and—there—served as Co-Concertmaster and performed as a soloist.

Under his direction, Smarelli’s school orchestras have received local and statewide recognition, performing at numerous Ohio Music Education events, Disney World, and in Chicago and Washington D.C. including a performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on acoustic and electric seven-string violin. A musician who transcends many genres, he has written the book on Electric Violin–literally; Mel Bay books has released his “PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist.” Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, and Ritchie Blackmore, and performed for President Clinton. He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.

Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, and a member of the urban classical group Sweet Plantain. He can be heard on over a hundred CD’s and jingles as a violinist and string arranger. A 14-time BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has recently written a solo piece commissioned for violinist Rachel Barton Pine. He is writing his first electric violin concerto to premiere in 2016.

As an educator and a clinician, Joe has taught rock violin at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp, and made repeated appearances performing at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where he co-founded the Grand Canyon School of Rock in 2006, an annual program for local high school students.

Joe and his band, Stratospheerius, have just released two singles: “Behind the Curtain,” and “Guilty of Innocence.”