The Wanna Bees capture kids’ Christmas Eve excitementWritten by Vincent D. Scebbi | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local group The Wanna Bees brings some children’s music to “Holiday Wishes 2” with its song “Party on the Roof.”
Band member Chuck Riepenhoff said the song tells the story of a sleepless child anxiously waiting for Santa Claus and the reindeer to land on his roof.
The band’s goal for the pop-rock song was that it be lyrically geared toward children while still catchy enough for parents to enjoy.
“The concept is geared toward the kids, but we think the music is good old pop-rock. The style is for adults to like,” Riepenhoff said. “It’s a whole movement for the kids’ music market — going to a more catchy pop-rock that the parents would enjoy, but the lyrical content is geared more for the kids.”
Riepenhoff, who wears scrubs and a surgical cap while performing under the stage name Doctor Dan, said the song involved a few extras other than himself and Rob Donaldson, who goes by Builder Brad while performing.
Bill McDevitt, aka Officer Ollie, who plays bass for The Wanna Bees’ studio work, played bass for the track.
In addition, Donaldson’s wife Amy and their son Ryan and daughter Rachael as well as Riepenhoff’s son Ethan contributed with background vocals and the introduction. Tom Pokornik played the keyboards on the track.
Riepenhoff said he was first inspired to form a children’s group in 2002 when watching an episode of “The Wiggles” with his kids.
“The songs were good and catchy and the kids were reacting well. I was always into writing and performing music and the concept hit me. I was thinking, ‘This is something I could get into,’” he said.
Each band member has a stage character with a different profession. The name of the band refers to asking children what they want to be when they grow up.
Besides Doctor Dan, Builder Brad and Officer Ollie, there is also Mailman Mike.
Riepenhoff said the group’s debut album “Work Together” involves various friends of the characters who help teach children important lessons.
Riepenhoff said Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller approached him and asked him to contribute to the CD benefiting Make-A-Wish.
“2012 has been a very good year for us in terms of getting our name out there,” he said. “There aren’t very many bands who do what we do.”