Jack Kinder and Brad Kosegarten are two well respected and highly regarded Bullis Upper School English teachers.
The Upper School student body, faculty, and staff think that they know these teachers pretty well. There is a side to Kinder and Kosegarten that very few know about, though; they are in a BAND!
Group Text. Now you may want to let that marinate for a moment...
Kinder and Kosegarten have a band and it is called GROUP TEXT.
Their roles in the band may surprise you. Doug, who Kinder referred to as the “sparkplug” of the band is the band’s utility man. He plays the guitar, but if needed, can contribute backup vocals.
“He also has a soulful look that speaks to generations both young and old ” Kosegarten said. “ When he recently went to get a haircut, we told him not to take off too much.”
Mr. Kosegarten, who according to Kinder does not go by Kosegarten when he is band mode, goes by “Kosy Kose.” Kosegarten has one role in the band and one role only: he slaps the base. It is said Kosegarten and the base are “one.” He is the glue that holds Group Text together.
The third and final member often enters his basement for Group Text practice sessions with the assistance of a fog machine. Kinder is the lead vocalist of Group Text. Kinder has been singing since he was two years old when he, garmented in only a diaper, put on his mother’s stiletto shoes and blasted perfect note after perfect note into the microphone - which at the time was a hairdryer. Kinder attributes his vast amount of success to this moment.
“Mr. Kinder can really sing, but the band is looking to feed off his talent is a keyboardist too,” Kosegarten said.
“He just needs to pick it up from the shop when he dropped it off two weeks ago.”
The band is still looking for a drummer.
The band, which is in the beginning stages of its career, is essentially a cover band, but they haven’t finished a song yet.
Group Text has not settled down on one genre so far. This could be attributed to mainly two things: the first being the three band members all have distinct differences in their taste of music, and secondly, they have nothing original. Kinder believes originality is overrated.
“I don’t think it is really original to be original anymore. There are so many original artists out there that we just wanted to copy people” Kinder said.
The covers the band does could be considered to be the strength of Group Text. The band has worked on “ You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by the Beatles, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis, “In the Pines” by Nirvana (Kinder apparently belts it on this one) as well as the introduction of the song called “Untitled” by local band O.A.R.
While Kinder and Kosegarten may not be winning any Grammy awards with their music, they are setting a positive example for the rest of the school by pioneering Group Text. They are setting a precedent that no matter who you are - even English teachers - you can be band legends, and for that the Bullis School thanks Group Text, even before they have completed a song.