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Beach Music Studios’ 13th Annual Holiday Party Brings Down the House at The Stone Pony

During Beach Music Studios 13th Annual Holiday Party, 2017 scholarship winner — Belmar Elementary School seventh-grader Kevin Herrera — accepts his award from Danny White, his wife, school choral director Kerry White, and school superintendent David Hallman. Credits: Jennifer Nicolay
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BMRB! Opening Act, composed of 8- to 11-year-olds student musicians from Beach Music Studios, entertains the crowd during its 13th Annual Holiday Party at The Stone Pony. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Taking the stage at Beach Music Studios 13th Annual Holiday Party at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Santa brings his bag of goodies to the delight of the younger audience members. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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BMRB! Headliners, the older group of the talented student band, “wowed” the hundreds who packed The Stone Pony for the Beach Music Studios 13th Annual Holiday Party. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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From several rockin' and rollin' tunes to the Wham holiday classic, “Last Christmas,” the BMRB! Headliners captivates the stand-room-only crowd during Beach Music Studios 13th Annual Holiday Party. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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During Beach Music Studios 13th Annual Holiday Party, scholarship winner Kevin Herrera accepts his award from Danny White and his wife, Kerry White, choral director at Belmar Elementary School. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Beach Music Studios 2017 scholarship winner Kevin Herrera arrives at the holiday party with his parents, from right, Alberto Chavez and Guillermina Herrera, and his cousin, Nayeli Sanchez. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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During Beach Music Studios 13th Annual Holiday Party at The Stone Pony, current voice student Christine Russo, 15, of Lake Como performs. Credits: Debby Russo
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Beach Music Studios' holiday party kicked off with the Danny White Band, featuring several Belmar Elementary “special guests,” including choral director Kerry White and retired teacher Joe Moynihan. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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ASBURY PARK, NJ — Beach Music Studios’ 13th Annual Holiday Party certainly had the place rocking yesterday afternoon. And “that place” was none other than The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, where hundreds packed the iconic venue for Belmar’s own holiday musical classic.

It was standing-room-only for the four-hour event on December 3, where the crowd-pleasing Beach Music Rock Band was the main attraction — its talented members ranging in age from 8 to 18, all students at Danny White’s Beach Music Studios.

In addition to the musical magic and a visit from Santa Claus, the festive event also featured the presentation of the Belmar-based music studio’s annual scholarship award.

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The year’s winner, Belmar Elementary School seventh-grader Kevin Herrera, took center stage to accept his award from Danny White and his wife, Kerry White, the school's choral director.

“He’s getting one year of free one-on-one private lessons and a saxophone,” said Danny White. “He’s getting that because he does well in school, and he is a nice dude. Keep it up.”

Also joining them on stage was Belmar Superintendent of Schools David Hallman, who thanked the Whites for “caring for our students and truly loving them.”

Herrera, who was joined by his family members for the special event, said he couldn’t be happier to receive the 2017 award. “I’ve been playing since I’ve been in fourth grade and I really got into the saxophone,” said the 13-year-old. “I just want to keep on going.”

The party kicked off with a set of holiday selections by the Danny White Band, featuring several Belmar Elementary School “special guests” — choral director Kerry White, retired teacher Joe Moynihan and current music director Tom Brennan. It also featured performances by Beach Music students and graduates.

In addition, hundreds of toys were collected to benefit the Manna House, a transitional housing facility in Cliffwood Beach for women and children, as well as other families in the Asbury Park/Belmar community.

The festivities featured food courtesy of 10th Avenue Burrito Company in Belmar, as well as a host of giveaways and raffles with prize donations. Among the generous supporters were Brandl restaurant in Belmar, Select Technology Group in Spring Lake and a friend of Beach Music Studios, who donated two premium New York Knicks tickets to an upcoming game at Madison Square Garden.

It’s All About the Music at Beach Music Studios

Beach Music Studios offers music instruction for students of all ages. Lessons are provided on instruments that include guitar, drums, piano, electric bass and upright bass, wind and brass, violin, among others. Vocal lessons and instruction in musical theory also are offered.

All students up to age 18 are offered the opportunity to play in the Beach Music Rock Band, which performs at local venues throughout the year, culminating with the annual Beach Music Studios Holiday Party, held at the iconic Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

Beach Music also offers a full-service digital recording studio, state-of-the-art rehearsal space, and instrument repairs, sales and rentals.

Each year, Beach Music awards two Belmar Elementary School students with scholarships that provides them with one year of free music lessons and a musical instrument.

For more information, contact Beach Music Studios at 732-280-1181 or beachmusicstudios@verizon.net, or visit its website.

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