Work all day, play all night

By Kelly McCarthy

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Some would say Kevin Kober leads a double life. He is the lead singer in a punk rock band called Dance-A-Tron. He also teaches kindergarten at Afton Central school.

"The band is very heavy and aggressive and screaming," Kober said. "I figured people would maybe not disassociate that from what I do here (in school), and people might develop some type of bias and parents might not want their kids in my class."

Although Kober was worried parents wouldn't like his punk rock past-time -- which last Friday overtook the Martini Room in Kirkwood -- bringing music into the classroom has been helpful to capture the attention of some very energetic kindergartners.

"I definitely look for those kids to be in Kevin's class," said Afton Elementary Principal Kimberly Werth. "Because that really does make a difference in their ability to be successful in school."

Deputy Broome County Executive Bijoy Datta has played in bands with Kevin for more than 15 years.

"You certainly have to have a different sense of responsibility," Datta said."Knowing that there may be somebody waiting to take an iPhone picture of you acting like a fool if you act like a fool."

Datta said his love of punk rock hasn't hurt his professional career. In fact, he believes it's made him a stronger person.

"Whether it's Kevin or any other of our friends, we're really proud to do it because it's just part of the fabric of who you are," Datta said.

Even if their day job runs long or they come up short on practice time, Dance-A-Tron members will make time to make music.

"Just getting the chance to play in front of people," Kober said. "Whether it's five for 50, it doesn't matter. We'll still do the same thing."