Friday, May 31, 2019

Franklin School for the Performing Arts Alum to Tour With "The Spongebob Musical"

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) alumnus Garrett Gleason will hit the road this fall as a guitarist on the national tour of The Spongebob Musical. Originally from Franklin, Gleason began his musical training at FSPA at a young age. He studied musical theater, voice, and more before focusing his studies on guitar with master instructor Mark White at FSPA.

After high school, Gleason obtained his B.A. in Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland School of Music under direction of Chris Vadala. He then moved outside Washington D.C. to embrace freelance studio music work, performance opportunities, and music education, through which he developed a stronger passion for world music and fusion. He has recorded with international artists such as Plini and Adaora, performed with international artists like Samini and Uche Agu and at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Mansion, opened for artists such as TTNG, Tricot, and Bent Knee with his original music.
Garrett Gleason
Garrett Gleason

In 2017 and 2018, Garrett returned to his Franklin-roots as the guitarist for Electric Youth and the Boston Showband on their European concert tours. This summer, he will join them on the road once again to perform across the U.K., Switzerland, France, and Italy. Gleason’s latest album for trio, “Well,” was released this past fall.

The explosively imaginative production of The Spongebob Musical will launch at PROCTORS in Schenectady, NY this September before bringing Bikini Bottom and its beloved residents to previously announced engagements across the country. Massachusetts audiences will be able to hear Gleason in action October 15-27 at the Boch Center. For tickets and more information, visit

For more information on guitar lessons and other FSPA music programs, visit, call 508-528-8668, or stop by 38 Main St. You can follow the Franklin School for the Performing Arts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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