Teddy Cole, a 16 year-old guitarist from Mountainside, 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.
"Teddy has become an amazing guitar player who can execute any song, regardless of its genre or style," says Art Lima, Music Director at School of Rock Chatham. “He's been a member of my house band for over three years and this is his second outing with the AllStars."
The AllStars’ tour included performances at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park; The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn; and three shows at the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, CT. 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.”
Teddy auditioned for the AllStars in January and was notified in April that he was selected to be part of the band. 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.
"I would say that it was by far the most tight-knit and understanding family of School of Rock students I've had the pleasure of performing with,” says Cole. “The group’s dedication and the way we wore our hearts on our sleeves was unparalleled."