Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The School of Rock hits the Road

Denver’s “Paul Green School of Rock Music” proud to announce
4 local students selected for Northwest “Woodstock tribute” tour

Denver’s Classic Rock music scene is growing, and teens are leading the charge. The Denver branch of the internationally famous Paul Green School of Rock music has been teaching students to perform the classics since January of ’08 and the school’s performances have included tributes to funk, reggae, punk, The Who, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and many others.

This summer, 4 students from the local Denver branch have been selected by audition to join students from other School of Rock branches (Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake) to embark on a multi-city two-week tour of the Pacific Northwest playing a set of classic rock tunes in tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock. These students, all local teenagers, are Sam Beard (guitar), Nick Chancellor (drums), Jake Furgason (guitar), and Aaron Walters (drums).

“You cannot believe how great these kids are,” said the School of Rock music director Chris Soucy. “I’m proud of our Denver students. It feels great to be able to provide an opportunity for these kids to go out on a legitimate headlining tour with other great young musicians from around the country, and it is a testament to the power rock music and how relevant the music and themes of the Woodstock generation still are today.”

Students will play shows throughout the Pacific Northwest the first two-weeks in August (Yakima, Spokane, Seattle, Bend, etc), culminating in a Portland all-day concert at a theme park on August 15th, the actual anniversary of weekend of the original Woodstock event.

Denver’s School of Rock is a local branch of the internationally renowned Paul Green School of Rock Music, with 50 branches nationwide, and the inspiration for two popular films, A & E’s “Rock School” and the runaway hit, “School of Rock,” starring Jack Black. Most recently, Denver’s School of Rock bands have been featured in the Denver Post, Channel 4 news, Westword and other local press. Denver’s School of Rock offers instruction for young musicians of any ability using classic rock music as the core curriculum and featuring professional instruction in guitar, voice, keyboard, bass and drums. The school also offers scholarships and occasional free-workshops for Denver’s young rock music enthusiasts. Nationwide, School of Rock students have performed with Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Ann Wilson (Heart), Jon Anderson (YES), Earl Slick (David Bowie), Adrian Belew (Talking Heads, Frank Zappa), and scores of others.

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