Teaching

When school is out, Waverly teachers turn into rockers in Jimmy Likes Pie

WAVERLY — For the last 20 years, a group of Waverly teachers has found a second home in basements and brewpubs with guitars slung over their shoulders.

It all started after the 2001 Waverly High School graduation ceremony. A few teachers, including Alec Drachman, went to the home of the late Doug Keyes, a musician and Waverly teacher of 20 years. The group of teachers picked a few of the instruments set up in his basement and started to “goof around,” Drachman said. 

“It was really fun but really terrible,” he joked.

Alec Drachman, who teaches at MSU, performs with Jimmy Likes Pie Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

Keyes and Drachman were among the few teachers in the original group who had been in a band or even knew how to play an instrument. They slowly began teaching the others to play, adding in drums and keyboards until they had a proper band.

The band officially debuted at the 2002 Waverly High School talent show. Today, they play classic rock, blues and pop at pubs, clubs and weddings. Most Thursdays they can be found at EagleMonk Brewery and Pub, performing in the beer garden.