Dylan Rettenberger has always had music in his life. His father is an avid musician who plays guitar and sings, so Dylan has grown up surrounded by music. Together, he and his dad own 46 guitars, plus a few bass guitars and 12-strings.
Dylan plays the guitar, bass, drums, baritone, tuba, trombone, saxophone, snare drum, bass drum and few other instruments. He plays multiple instruments for his high school worship band and also sings in the choir. Oh yeah, in his free time, he writes music for all those instruments, and lyrics as well.
“If I am interested in a new instrument,” Dylan said, “first I read up on it by going to library and getting a few books. Then, I just sit down and figure it out.”
Dylan’s passion is rhythm and blues, and his inspiration comes from musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Buddy Guy and Johnnie Lang.
“It puts me in awe, the blues, when they play a solo and make the guitar sing,” Dylan said. “It’s truly something special.”
Dylan’s goal is to complete his general education classes at a local community college and then attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. He wants to study songwriting and hone his skills as a lyricist, but would like to focus on his main passion—the guitar.
“I’d like to bring the blues back to the younger generation,” Dylan said. “It’s dying out and kids my age are really missing out on something special. I would like to make the blues come alive again.”