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Classically-Trained Garage Band Time for Three Featured on PBS - Watch Now

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LeAnn Meuller
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Time for Three's original members - Zach De Pue, Nick Kendall, and Ranaan Meyer

Time for Three, or tf3 for short, proves to be hot evening of music wherever they perform. The self-described "classically-trained garage band" played Columbus two years ago at the season-ending soiree of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Since then, their reputation and legend has done nothing but grow. A review in the Wall Street Journal stated,

"When the three musicians get together, the resulting mash-up is often equal parts spontaneity and virtuosic precision."

I had the privilege to be in the audience for their Columbus performance, which was even more amazing than I could have imagined. One of their two violinists,  Zachary Jon DePue, is the concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony.

For the 15 years tf3 has been together, he has managed to juggle his job with the Indy Symphony and the touring schedule of tf3. Though he recently decided to step away from Time for Three, you can see his final performance in this PBS special in which tf3 teams with the Indianapolis Symphony in front of the "hometown crowd."

There were joined by vocalists Joshua Radin and Lily & Madeleine for an evening of what was described by PBS as a "genre-defying...blend of pop, classical, and folk music arranged in unique mash-ups."

The PBS special Time for Three in Concert, is available free online until April 22, 2016.

It is difficult to put into words what they do, so I will allow them to describes themselves. Time for Three - Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass - defies traditional classification.

Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. Their hit YouTube anti-bullying video Stronger, featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe.

They stopped by Classical 101 to play a selection of their music including Mumford & Sons' Little Lion Man, Hallelujah and Thunderstomp. If you'd like to hear those pieces, along with the conversation we had, you can hear it all here.

It all started in fun at Curtis Institute as violinists Zach DePue and Nick Kendall discovered a mutual love of playing in the country western and bluegrass styles. double bassist Ranaan Meyer brought a love of improv and jazz to the mix.

Their talent went public one night during in the middle of a Philadelphia Orchestra performance when the auditorium suffered a power outage on stage. Zach and Ranann, who were in the orchestra, decided to help fill the void by stepping to the front of the stage and entertaining concert-goers while technicians dashed about trying to find the problem. That sealed it.

Their next season will begin with a new member taking Zach DePue's place, as violinist Nikki Choo joins tf3. Here is a recent video with their newest member.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlzEHobggRs