This year we have the pleasure of bringing on board the Lightning Ant Music School, who will also be performing at the Waynestock festival. They will be donating their time for the cause and performing for all our little monsters.
Named after his two kids’ capoeira nicknames (Lightning and Little Ant), Lightning Ant Music School was born out of a father’s love for music and feeling compelled to share this love with his family, and therefore, creating a family band and teaching his family music. Phil Canji, the director of Lightning Ant Music School, started playing the guitar when he was six years old.
In 2003, he hung up his guitars in search of a new path in life and hadn’t touched them until he became a dad and decided that he wanted to share the gift of music with his kids. So in the summer of 2015 (twelve and half years later), he picked up his guitar again and prepared his four year old son, Lucas, on the drums and seven year old daughter, Isabella, on the guitar to playhappy birthday to his mom, which was a surprise performance for her 70th birthday. Shortly after, Phil convinced his wife to let him teach her the bass guitar, which she finally agreed to and this was the start of their family band, Lightning Ant. A year later in 2017, his nephews and his brother jumped on board. They now enjoy frequent family time through band rehearsals almost every weekend preparing for their own shows throughout the year.
Through this experience, Phil has realized his love for teaching music and is in the preliminary stages of opening his music school, Lightning Ant Music School.
"I want to facilitate a learning environment where music can be used to strengthen relationships and where you can come and discover yourself through music. My mission is to help you find your jam!"
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