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Summit Teen Selected for All-Star Band to Support Rock n’ Roll Cancer Charity

August 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

SUMMIT, NJ - Chris Cummings, a 14 year-old drummer from Summit, was chosen to represent School of Rock Chatham as a member of the School of Rock AllStars Band.  The band has just completed a mini-tour of the East Coast in support of Love Hope Strength, an international music-centric cancer charity.

“"Chris joined School of Rock Chatham when he was 7 years old, and he became our youngest AllStar when he was 9," says Art Lima, General Manager of School of Rock Chatham.  "He's an incredibly talented drummer who has great stage presence and energy."

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.”

Cummings 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.  This last tour was Cummings' sixth National AllStar Tour, and his fourth with the Love Hope Strength Charity.  Additionally, he has played with Jon Anderson of Yes, and John Wetton of King Crimson

Cummings was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award for the Summit Middle School Jazz Band this past Spring.  This September, he will be a Freshman at Summit High School, and will look to be a member of the school's drumline.

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