School of Rock musos jet off to the States

2019-06-11 06:00
Rosie Bruce from Newlands..

Rosie Bruce from Newlands..

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Two Cape Town School of Rock students have been chosen to be part of School of Rock’s AllStar Programme and join the best musicians from the School of Rock’s International network of schools.

The AllStar Programme is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student, with less than 1% of the 35 000 global students or musicians selected to participate in this programme.

The Cape Town 2019 AllStars from the Claremont School of Rock are a guitarist and a vocalist Shandy Sarantos (17), and Rosie Bruce (17), who will embark on separate tours, with their selected bandmates from different destinations within the United States of America (USA). Bruce tours from Saturday 20 to Monday 29 July and will depart from Cape Town a day or two before her tour starts. Sarantos’ tour starts on Tuesday 23 July and will end on Thursday 1 August.

All 175 selected AllStars will end their 10-day tour with a final performance at a big music event.

Leigh Spaun, School of Rock Cape Town marketing director and co-owner, says this is an authentic tour experience, with travel and tour buses, performing at authentic rock venues and culminating in a performance at a big music event.

“This opportunity puts these young musicians in front of public audiences, in a real-life gigging scenario and in places they have not yet experienced.

“The fact that these young musicians are selected to be part of a touring band are given their songs to learn on their own and then come together for two days prior to their tour and rehearse together as a band for the first time, is a learning experience on its own.

“Both Sarantos and Bruce have a desire to continue performing for people, and this experience will teach them valuable skills in how to communicate effectively with other bandmates and people, how to perform together as a cohesive band and the pressure of performing in front of varying crowds within different environments.”

For more than two decades, School of Rock has been a worldwide leader in performance-based music education, bringing musicians of all ages to some of the most iconic stages in the world. The Cape Town branch of the School of Rock music school brand has been taking students out of the lesson room and putting them on the stage for the past four years.

The AllStar Programme is open to students aged 12 to 18. “Being chosen is an honour only achieved by fewer than 1% of all School of Rock students worldwide,” Spaun said.

Candidates are nominated each year by their local schools to participate in a competitive audition process, including a video submission round and a live audition round, from which the AllStars are then selected.

Sarantos joined the School of Rock in August 2015, just three months after the school opened its doors.

“Shandy has shown natural musical ability since day one. She came to us as a killer funk rhythm guitarist and has developed into a player with an array of skills. Her lead playing has blossomed with greater technical proficiency and a deeper understanding of music.”

Bruce, who has been at School of Rock for just over a year, joined the Performance Programme shortly after enrolling.

“Rosie is a positive role model, committed to her art form and a dynamic performer. She brings a relaxed positive energy with her to all her classes, being quirky, kind and an encouraging presence in her performance band.”

Local music lovers may have experienced Bruce’s “strong ear, amazing tone and agility for days” as she is active on the Cape Town music scene and regularly performs shows with her folk band: The Rosie Bruce Band.

“This old soul is a leader on and off the stage and is one of our students that truly epitomises what School of Rock is all about,” Spaun said.


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