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Montville School of Rock to Perform One Night Only Benefit Performance for Project Graduation

Montville School of Rock musicians performed “Smoke on the Water” as an encore Monday night at MTHS. The 25 rock-n-roll performers will give a benefit concert on Wed, Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. in the MTHS auditorium. Credits: Sue Marinello
Anthony Claus has been a dedicated member of Montville School of Rock. On Wed, Apr 30 at 7 p.m. the graduating senior will make his final appearance with the group for the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council’s Project Graduation benefit. The show will be held on the stage in the MTHS auditorium. Credits: Sue Marinello
Emily Michalak is a member of Montville School of Rock. The sophomore, and former X-factor contestant, will perform on Wed, Apr 30 at 7 p.m. at the Montville School of Rock benefit for the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council’s Project Graduation. The high-energy, family-friendly show will be at the MTHS auditorium. Credits: Sue Marinello
Sophomore, Nelson Moreno will perform on Wed, Apr 30 at 7 p.m. at the Montville School of Rock benefit for the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council’s Project Graduation. The high-energy, family-friendly show will be at the MTHS auditorium.  Credits: Sue Marinello
Senior, Raynor Rubel practiced his dance moves before the Montville School of Rock performance Monday night. The high-energy rock-n-roll band will perform a benefit on Wed, Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. in the MTHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 and proceeds will support Montville’s 2014 Project Graduation event. Credits: Sue Marinello
Musician Jacob Flesig will be among the 25 MTHS students who will participate with Montville School of Rock for a benefit performance on Wed, Apr 30. Proceeds will support the 30th Annual Project Graduation event. Montville Township’s Project Graduation is the oldest in New Jersey. Credits: Sue Marinello

MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville School of Rock is an energetic group of rock-n-roll musicians from Montville Township High School [MTHS]. The popular high-energy performers will present a benefit rock concert on Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the MTHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds will support the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council’s, 2014 Project Graduation.

“It’s a great evening of affordable family fun for a great cause,” said Anthony Sia, the advisor for Montville School of Rock. “We hope everyone will come out.”

The concert is appropriate for young and old. Everyone is invited to attend this exciting benefit evening of high energy rock-n-roll.

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The Project Graduation benefit concert will be the group’s third concert in as many days. It will also be their last concert for the 2014 school year.

The twenty-five musicians cover hit tunes and have built a repertory of over forty songs since September.

Yesterday the group performed a lunchtime set to a packed house at MTHS. The performers expanded their set Monday night for a ninety minute musical extravaganza that not only featured hits from the 50’s through the 2000’s, but also supported tap dancers and jugglers.

“These are the finest musicians,” Sia told the audience. “And not only that, but, with the diversity of talent, it’s like watching the Ed Sullivan show.” 

The April 30 Montville School of Rock benefit will feature music by Paramore, Deep Purple, Queen, David Bowie, The Black Keys, Steely Dan, Evanescence and more. Additionally, the group’s popular rendition of “Thriller” will likely make an encore performance.

No fewer than eleven vocalists will be supported across a variety of musical genres which include: progressive rock, jazz, blues, metal and classic rock.

The student performers spend many hours preparing in order to cover rock classics with a professional sound.

“They’ve built themselves into better musicians because they practice every day,” Sia explained. “Most of them are in my classroom every day at lunch practicing. And some of them stay every afternoon until five. They work hard and they have become amazing at performing.”

Wednesday’s command performance of Montville School of Rock is sponsored by the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council. Proceeds will benefit Montville’s Project Graduation.

The 2014 Project Graduation event will mark the 30th consecutive year the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council will have organized a drug free, post-graduation, party for Montville’s graduating seniors. On average, almost 98% of all graduating seniors from MTHS attend Project Graduation. The Montville Township Project Graduation event is the oldest consecutively running Project Graduation in New Jersey.

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