August 7, 2014 at 7:36 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Andrew Pacheco, a 17 year-old guitarist, keyboardist, and bass player from Berkeley Heights, was chosen to represent School of Rock Chatham as a member of the School of Rock AllStars Band, which has just completed a mini-tour of the East Coast in support of Love Hope Strength, an international music-centric cancer charity.
"Andrew has the distinction of being one of the first students to sign-up at School of Rock Chatham," says Art Lima, Music Director of School of Rock Chatham. "He's a versatile musician who can play guitar, piano, bass and sing - all with great skill and creativity."
The AllStars’ tour included performances in Chicago at the House of Blues, the Beat Kitchen, and at the Lollapalooza festival, along with Eminem, the Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, and Portugal. The concerts sought to create awareness for the Love Hope Strength’s efforts to build and support cancer centers around the world, boost awareness of global cancer needs, and expand international bone marrow databases.
“We have roughly 200 bone marrow drives scheduled this summer and are stretched thin with volunteers and resources,” says Shannon Foley, executive director of Love Hope Strength. “Teaming up with the School of Rock AllStars gave us the opportunity to be at more concerts and festivals than we ever could attend without them. Amazingly, in the three years that we’ve been working with the AllStars, we’ve found 12 bone marrow matches among School of Rock families and supporters – which could mean the difference between life and death for a patient with blood cancer.”
Andrew, who had also been part of the AllStars in 2012 and 2013, auditioned for the band in January and was notified in April that he was selected again for the third year in a row.
"I was thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of the AllStars," says Pacheco, who graduated from Governor Livingston High School in June and will be attending University of New Hampshire as a Music Industry major next month. "It was amazing to be on stage at Lollapalooza, where so many bands that I'm a fan of were also performing. I made great friends on the tour, and it was an experience that will last a lifetime."
His fellow members, which included 24 School of Rock students from 12 schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, assembled on July 27 for rehearsals in Woodland Park, NJ and began the five day tour on July 30.