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October 2019
News That Rocks

September was SPECTACULAR!

We rocked the alley, serenaded some homeless animals, and Halloween is on the Horizon!
Read all about it and more in this month's newsletter!

Uptown Alley was AWESOME!

Our kids rocked the alley once again as they presented the first of our Summer Season Showcases. If you didn't catch them in Manassas this past Sunday, be sure to join us at B Chord Brewing in Round Hill on October 6th! We'll be there rocking from Noon to 8!

Best of Season is Coming!

Our students will be battling their sister schools in Vienna and Silver Spring for the highly coveted Best of Season Cup! Help bring the cup back to Ashburn by sporting your School of Rock spirit and cheering them on to victory! School Spirit and Audience Participation counts in the final scoring so we need a big, rowdy crowd to help us bring it home!
Best of Season: October 12th, Noon - 3, Vienna Town Green
Fall 2019 Show rehearsals are starting!
We've truly got something to get everyone rockin' this fall as we step into some interesting rock genres.  Rehearsals start the week of October 14th. If this is your child's first or second time in performance program, or you'd just like a refresher on how our show program works, please join us for the Parents' Informational Meetings happening during each first rehearsal. 

Woofies "Wash-a-thon"

Two of our House Band students, Sydney and Trish, volunteered their time and provided music for the Woofies Wash-a-thon! This event took place at the Friends of Homeless Animals shelter in Aldie. We love to see our kids out in the community, helping in the best way they know how: Music! 

Halloween Happenings at School of Rock!

We've got some great stuff in the works now that spooky season is finally upon us! First off, our students will be participating in the 62nd Annual Leesburg Halloween Parade! In conjunction with this event, we will be having a food drive during the month of October! Please bring canned or non-perishable food items to donate. All proceeds to go Loudoun Hunger Relief. We will also be having parties in our rehearsals the week of Halloween so start thinking about those costumes now!

Introducing: Monthly Staff Picks!

Every month we'd like to give one of our teachers a chance to share with us some songs or albums they consider essential listening. For our inaugural edition, we could think of no better choice than The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Brad Macpherson. As he departs our school for an amazing job opportunity, these songs are his parting gift to us. Click here to listen to his playlist on Spotify.

I’m Ready - Humble Pie 
"Humble Pie never got the run they deserved. Their originals were great, but they did a ton of blues covers (including this old Muddy Waters tune) and really gave them a hard-hitting rock and roll treatment. Plus Steve Marriott’s vocals were like someone condensed Tina Turner and Etta James down into one tiny, wonderful man."

Something You Got - James Booker 

"This quick listen comes off an album of James’ called King of the New Orleans Keyboard, which I think is a pretty apt title for him. The man blends jazz, classical, and even New Orleans funk in a way that I haven’t seen anyone replicate. Piano work aside, his version of this Wilson Pickett love song is straightforward and relatable in a way that never gets old."

Diminuendo in Blue - Duke Ellington
Ellington at Newport was the performance that reinvigorated Duke Ellington’s ailing career. After this show and the debut of this album, Duke was cool again and remained so until his dying day. Diminuendo in Blue features a legendary 6-minute-plus tenor-sax solo (timestamp 3:48) by Paul Gonsalves that literally almost caused a riot! 

Funky Worm - The Ohio Players 
This is a song I’ve been trying to get everyone at this school into for years, and it has just never taken. Seeing as how it’s my last chance, I want you to bask in the majesty that is perhaps the funkiest song ever written. It’s got granny voices, facsimiles of worm sounds, and a notable keyboard effect that Dr. Dre would turn into the defining sound of West Coast rap in the 90s. I’m telling you, it’s funkier than nine cans of shaving powder.

I’ll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday 
I couldn’t help making this last one all about myself. This is simply my favorite song by my favorite artist of all time. I have so many memories and feelings wrapped up in this one that I just want to share it with you all- but I can’t ignore the happy coincidence that the themes of this tune mirror our current situation. Please listen to this one and think of the good times. I want to thank you all for ten wonderful years, and here’s hoping that I’ll be seeing you.
Student Spotlight
Name: Medha B.
Age: 12
Instrument: Voice 
Favorite SOR moment? Performing at the Filmore. Also being noticed by a band whose song we played at their show!
Top 3 favorite bands?
1) Queen
2) Fall Out Boy
3) IDK How But They Found Me
What advice do you have for new students?
Keep up with your assignments and show up to practice. Review your songs at least twice a week. And have fun!

Welcome To the Band!

Our ranks are swelling! A warm welcome to Jason C., Clayton B., Rose-Marie N., Joaquin T., Madison W., and Liam W.! We know you are going to do great things!  

Mark Your Calendar!

October 6th - Summer Battle of the Bands Show #2 at B Chord Brewery Stop By and Say Farewell to Brad too!
October 12th - Best of Season at Vienna Town Green- Come help Ashburn bring home the cup!
October 14th - We are OPEN for Columbus Day
October 31st - Ashburn House and Omega Bands in Leesburg Halloween Parade (Canned Food Drive for this event going on all month long!)
November 11th - We are OPEN for Veteran's Day
November 28- 30th - We are CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
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