Passionate about music: Three area teens make up Orphan Riot

By Jaclyn Bartlett
Times-News correspondent 

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From left to right: Ian Horlbogen, Landon Johnson and Noel Greene make up Orphan Riot. [Photo submitted

   On the hunt for young talent to support or local performances to   attend?
Look no further than Burlington, the hometown of the band Orphan Riot.
Orphan Riot is an up-and-coming punk band consisting of 14-year-old Noel Greene; 15-year-old Ian Horlebogen, students at The Hawbridge School in Saxapahaw, as well as 20-year-old Landon Johnson.
The band formed in the summer of 2017 and has performed at several local venues including Main Street Vinyl in downtown Burlington, The Fat Frogg Bar & Grill in Elon and the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.
Noel Greene, Orphan Riot’s lead guitar player and vocalist, has been practicing music for eight years. When he was as young as 7, he began gaining interest in bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath as well as Megadeth, Metallica and Nirvana.
“I eventually discovered there was a punk scene in all those places so I sort of gravitated toward that,” Greene said.
   Bass player Ian Horlebogen has been playing for a year. Being part of the band has aided him in further developing his talent for music.
Landon Johnson, who plays drums, always had an interest in music while growing up.
“I just listened to music all the time — on the radio, on the way to school — and with my mom and dad,” he said. This inspired him to take up drumming at age 12 and he has been playing ever since.
Despite the band’s young age, they are incredibly focused when it comes to their music, practicing weekly for up to three hours. They have also done four shows in August alone, their most recent one being on Aug. 25 at Backdoor Skate Shop in Greenville, N.C. Upcoming shows include OSO Skate Park in Charlotte on Oct. 20 and Kaboom Art Gallery in Garner on Oct. 31.
The band mates shared that since they are under 21 years old, they have had difficulty booking local venues. They explained that it is often a challenge for young artists to be taken seriously. This, they said, consequently results in the public’s lack of exposure to dedicated young musicians. Being more open to young performers would also allow for more connections between young people and their community.
In spite of this setback, Orphan Riot continues to share its talent wherever possible.
For more details on Orphan Riot, visit its Facebook page.

Jaclyn Bartlett is a senior at The Hawbridge School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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