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June 2021
News That Rocks

May was Magnificent! Spring season is coming to a close, but Summer is HERE! We will also be bidding a fond farewell to all of our seniors and to one of our longest running staff members as well. Read all about it in this month's newsletter!
Spring 2021 Performances are Coming Up!
Our amazing students will be rocking out at Top Golf in Ashburn on Sunday, June 6th from 10-6 PM and at Crossroads in Chantilly on June 13th from 11-7 PM. For set times and more details click below or contact Jess at the Front Desk! 

Summer Intern Program 

Summer Camps are ON and that means we are definitely doing our Summer Intern Program.  This is open to all Performance Program students age 12+ and is a fun way to spend a week or two at the school over the summer.  Reach out to us if you are interested and we'll send you the information to apply.

House Band Rocked the Rhino! 

House Band played a great non-stop rock show at Lost Rhino on May 22nd. They KILLED it! Their next show will be at Lorton Workhouse Artspace on June 26th from 12-2. Be sure to check them out if you're in the area, and stay tuned for more fun summer shows!

Summer Show Season Sign Up Is Here!

We're in for a HOT line up of shows for next season! There's something for everyone in our next batch and we're so pumped to get the ball rolling! Sign ups went out already so check your inbox or reach out for the link. Have questions about which show might be right for you? Reach out and we can help! (703) 858-0820

Mondays - Pink Floyd, with Travis
Tuesday - Pop, with Travis
Wednesday - Foo Fighters VS. Queens of The Stone Age, with Ben
Thursday - Renegades of Funk, with Kevin

Sending our Seniors a Fond Farewell

June is always a bittersweet time at School of Rock, when it is time to bid adieu to all of our wonderful seniors moving on to the next part of their lives. We have loved having you with us, and are so so proud of all your achievements. Thank you for being a part of our community, and we know this isn't Goodbye, just a See Ya Later! 

Annanya J.

1) Years Attended SOR: 3 Years
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?: I’ll be attending the University of California, Davis, and studying medicine there! 
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: One of my favorite memories was when the MySpace Emo show made it to best of season for the song “Ohio is for Lovers”. We played it at a venue in DC and it was just insanely fun to be on stage for that song.
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?: Just don’t think about the fact that you’re on stage, you have to have fun with it and treat it like rehearsal or you’ll be nervous! Take it from someone who used to get really nervous on stage! Just let loose and make music :)

Charlie P.

1) Years Attended SOR: 1 Year
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?: My plans are to go to JMU and figure out what to major in.
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: Jaming out with everybody in rehearsals!
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program? You got this!!!

Dominic B.

1) Years Attended SOR: 3 Years
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?:  I'll be attending the University of South Carolina and majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences and I plan to continue playing and making music for years to come. 
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: The most fun memories I've had at school of rock are from the best of season shows. It was always nice to see not only the other shows play but also the other school of rocks play. Everyone just had a great time. I remember the last best of season show before covid everyone was all crowded around the stage and I remember having to take several breaks for fresh air between songs because of all of us jumping and rocking out.
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?:  Your bandmates are your friends (not food). Everyone at school of rock will be willing to help you if you ask them or if you just want to talk to someone they're good for that too. It's important to get to know the people you are playing with because not only will it give you some great friends, it will help you learn band communication and overall make you sound more together when you are playing with people that you have a personal connection with rather than just strangers.

Ethan R.

1) Years Attended SOR: 4 Years
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?: I plan to go to NOVA in the fall and a General Studies of Science degree for two years, then transfer to a four year college where I will continue perfecting my performance skills.
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: My favorite memory has to be the entire blink-182 show. I’ve been listening to them ever since I was little, so I knew and loved the songs that we performed. They were also challenging to sing and drum. I loved talking to my show directors, and I got to perform at the Lincoln Memorial and at Top Golf in Ashburn.
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?: My advice would be to practice and try to push yourself whether that be to learn a difficult song or pick up a new instrument. Also you should have fun!

Grace C.

1) Years Attended SOR : 3 Years
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?:  I am planning on attending Berklee College of Music in the fall and majoring in songwriting and music therapy.  
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock? My favorite School of Rock memory was my first house band gig at Lost Rhino because it was when I found out I got into my dream school and I felt so supported by everyone.  It was such a fun and amazing show!
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program? My advice to anyone coming up through the programs would be to treasure every moment and learn from those around you.  Not only learn from your teachers and directors, but learn from the students as well and have an open mind.  These are the moments you’ll miss!

Kayla E.

1) Years Attended SOR: One Year
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?: NOVA community college for Interior Design 
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock? Knowing what it feels like to be in a band 
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?:  Don’t be too hard on yourself and have fun!

Miki C.

1) Years Attended SOR: 5 Years
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?: I will be attending the University of Vermont where I will study Biological Sciences and Spanish on a pre-med track. I also hope to continue singing and playing music throughout college!
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: I’ve had a lot of great memories at SOR and met some great people so it’s really hard to pick! One of my favorite memories though would have to be performing “it’s the end of the world (as we know it)” by REM at Hard Rock Cafe for Best of Season. It was my favorite all through that season and it was a lot of fun to be able to sing it again!
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?: My advice to any student in the SOR program is to never stop challenging yourself. If you want to start a new instrument, or learn a challenging part, then do it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions (even if it seems silly) because your teachers are there to help you. Best of luck!

Sally B.

1) Years Attended SOR: 1 Year
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?: My plans post graduation are to attend VCU to major in biology. I will continue to prioritize music in my free time because it’s one of the things I love doing the most.
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: My favorite memory while attending School of Rock is the friends I made. Although I haven’t attended that long of a time, I think I’ll definitely still be talking to some of these people before I leave.
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?: Have fun and make the most of it! You’ll learn so much if you put the work in! 

Vivienne L.

1) Years Attended SOR:10 Years
2) What are your plans Post- Graduation?:I will be attending the University of Florida to study psychology.
3) What is your favorite memory of your time here at School of Rock?: My favorite memory was playing at The Pie Shop in DC with some of the other SOR bands and I ending up square dancing with another girl from a different school. It was really fun to actually connect with other people across the state and I had a lot of fun. 
4) What advice do you give to students coming up through the program?: Some advice I have for students going through the program is to actually try. Just putting in the effort is going to make the program so much more rewarding and enjoyable for everyone. 

Thank You Bill!  

Our Beloved Bill is Retiring
We have one more departure this month; Bill, our long standing drum instructor has chosen to retire at the end of this season. Bill has been with School of Rock for almost 12 years, and has touched innumerable lives in his time with us. We thank him for his knowledge, his patience and his friendship to staff and students alike. We wish him the best of luck in everything! 

Welcome to The Band!

Our ranks are swelling! A Warm Welcome to Austie W., Colbie W., Crosby W., Hirad S., Lola G., Paris W., Sam T., and Ved D.; We know you are going to do great things! 

Summer Camps Are Enrolling!

We're already planning a summer of fun and music!  Our regular programs run year around, but you can also get more music with a week long camp experience.  Ages 7 thru high school.
CLICK HERE FOR CAMP INFO

Mark Your Calendar


June 1st - Signups Begin for Summer Performance Program!
June 6th - Performance Program at Top Golf
June 13th - Performance Program at Crossroads Chantilly
June 26th - House Band at Lorton Workhouse 
July 5th - We're OPEN & Rehearsals start for Summer Performance Program this week

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