School of Rock Guest Professors
Seizing the heat of the moment, Wetton and Brock will kick off the "Guest Professor Series 2009" by helping to take the Paul Green School of Rock into its second decade revolutionizing music education across the nation. The School of Rock All-Stars are comprised of the best and brightest students from 45 schools around the country, an incredibly long distance since Paul Green founded the first school in his Philadelphia garage in 1998.
Since his last tour with the All-Stars in 2006, Wetton has reformed Asia and toured the world several times with the reunited progressive rock supergroup. The former King Crimson and U.K. bassist-vocalist is finding time between overseas winter tours with Asia and Icon (featuring Asia's Geoff Downes) to lead the School of Rock All-Stars in the music of Asia, King Crimson and U.K. on a weeklong Northeast tour launching Tuesday, March 3 in Downingtown, PA.
Brock launches the "Guest Professor Series 2009" at the conclusion of a week in which he won the Best Rock Instrumental Performance GRAMMY Award with Zappa Plays Zappa for Peaches En Regalia (edging out David Gilmour, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and Rush.). The sax-playing vocalist's latest stint with the All-Stars begins Saturday, Feb. 14, hosting a seminar at the School of Rock's Philadelphia headquarters, followed by a week of all-Zappa shows at clubs throughout the Northeast.
Over the past decade, Green's dream has become a national phenomenon — a vision that has since produced an explosion of schools nationwide and a number of future rock stars, many of whom have traveled quite far along the trail he blazed when he took music instruction out of the classroom and onto the live rock stage by founding the original and premier performance-based rock music school in the country for kids 8-17 in 1998.
"Even after all this time, all our expansion, and everything we have achieved," says Green, "the best way to teach kids to play music remains the same: load a bunch of them on a bus and take them out on the road to PLAY music."
The Paul Green School of Rock is well on its way to producing the next generation of rock stars. Among its alumni, drummer Eric Slick became a sought after touring drummer immediately upon graduation, playing shows with Zappa Alumni band Project/Object, Steve Vai bandleader Mike Keneally, and various WEEN side projects. Together with his bassist sister, Julie Slick, they currently tour with guitar legend Adrian Belew (David Bowie, King Crimson) as the Adrian Belew Power Trio. Drummer Branden King, is not only Philly legend Chuck Treece's go-to drummer, but also played with three bands at last year's SXSW, and has done two tours of Europe with various projects. Slide guitar phenom Sarah Zimmerman recently signed a management deal with Tor Hyams (Joan Osborne, Perry Farrell, Deborah Harry) and is working with top writers and producers on her debut album. ShredmasterCJ Tywoniak, star of Rock School, is being courted by record labels eager to release his debut EP. He recently sat in with Steve Miller, and dazzled all of those in attendence. Many former School of Rock students also are attending top music colleges such as Berklee and the University of Miami, as well as working their own bands with dreams of stardom.
"I put these shows together with real music fans in mind," says Green. "Any true rock fan who comes to our show will be delighted by the deep cuts these kids take on, the difficult material they tackle, and the love and enthusiasm they bring to the stage."
THE PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK ALL-STARS GUEST PROFESSOR SERIES 2009:
With Special Guest NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK
Sat., Feb. 14 School of Rock Headquarters Philadelphia, PA*
Tue., Feb. 17 Downington School of Rock Downingtown, PA
Wed., Feb. 18 McGuinn's Place Trenton, NJ
Fri., Feb. 20 The Garage Wilmington, DE
Sat., Feb. 21 The New Barbary Philadelphia, PA
Sun., Feb. 22 Sullivan Hall New York, NY
*School of Rock Seminar & The Black Lodge
With Special Guest JOHN WETTON
Tue., March 3 Downingtown School of Rock Downingtown, PA
Thu., March 5 B.B. King's New York, NY
Fri., March 6 Showcase Live Foxboro, MA
Sat., March 7 Bergen County School of Rock South Hackensack, NJ
Sun., March 8 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
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