SMITHSBURG - A Smithsburg High School graduate will claim his status as a rock star tonight when his band, Course of Nature, performs in New York City's Times Square for New Year's Eve.
Sean Kipe, 26, used to be a long-haired kid with a guitar, watching his favorite bands on MTV. He saw his favorite rock stars playing in front of thousands of people and knew he wanted to be a musician, he said.
Kipe's only formal music training was playing the trumpet in elementary school. He took some guitar lessons in high school but was bored by the "technical stuff," he said.
Instead, Kipe learned his favorite songs and entire albums by Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses and Nirvana, then headed to Los Angeles the year after he graduated from high school.