Winter has come once again to BYU-Idaho, and with it the recurring band Thorz Hammer playing their next event in the Oscar A. Kirkham Building Auditorium on Jan. 21.
Robert Tueller, the drummer of Thorz Hammer, said the group is a faculty-run classical rock band and has been going strong for three consecutive years.
The band was created by David Peck, a History teacher at BYU-I, said band drummer Robert Tueller.
“He is what started it,” Tueller said. “It was not so long ago, he had this idea and I thought, ‘that would not be so bad.’ Ever since we’ve been Thorz Hammer.”
Band members David Peck on Vocals/Keyboard, Ben Mathews on Electric Guitar, Mathew Moor on Bass Guitar and Robert Tueller on drums enjoy their time as Thorz Hammer, said Tueller.
Most of the music that Thorz Hammer covers are classic rock bands such as Blue Oyster Cult, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.
“Their aero fast hand maneuvers complemented with their slick expertise in the art of taming the Young Adult, has earned these four heroes a spot to keep amid many music recitals,” said Natasha Michaels, a sophomore studying music.
Alyssa Nielson, a freshman studying elementary education, said she was surprised to realize her history teacher could be in a rock band. She said the idea would be surprising, and yet so intriguing since she saw her history teacher as timid and reserved.
According to thepsychmind.com, those who listen to different genres, develop beneficial traits such as honesty, openness, and creativity.
“When I first heard of Teacher Rock stars, I was first skeptical, said Rob Johnson, a junior studying biology. “It was until I actually went to their show that I thought, ‘hey this is really good!’”
Anyone is welcome to see Thorz Hammer, Tueller said.
Rebecca Walker, a freshman studying education, said she was amused to hear about a teacher rock star
“I’d find it hard to believe, but I could actually see it,” Walker said.
Walker said her current teacher is one who contributes well to the lives of his students and could genuinely see him perform.
“We all do different things here like teach,” Tueller said. “So to do this, it’s kind of fun. Plus, it’s music that we grew up with that we love.”
Though the band is not out for public recognition, it is out to play good music and entertain the students of BYU-I. The purpose of the group is to reconcile themselves and invite students, to the music they once loved and enjoyed, Tueller said.