MONTVILLE, NJ - On March 14, about 100 people from the Montville Township community came together for fun and a good cause. They also came for great music.

The event was a concert at the local high school performed by the Montville School of Rock, a non-profit organization that teaches students to perform relevant music together at concerts that benefit local and global causes.

"School of Rock exposes kids to the best music of our country," said Anthony Sia, head organizer, who is also a teacher of graphic design and computer networking at the high school. "School of Rock brings attention to music that may be forgotten. It's about confidence, presentation and teamwork."

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Sia first founded the Montville School of Rock back in 2005. The group has performed concerts throughout the year, and supported many causes, including the Montville Township First Aid Squad's Ambulance. But for the high school teacher, it was more about his students and what they take from the musical experiences. And Sia's students felt the same way.

"The School of Rock environment joins musicianship and performance, allowing members to not only develop a mind for music, but a soul for song," junior student Claudia Colatrella said.

Sophomore Kenna Heim was a another of about a dozen student performers, ready to show off her musical talents and support a good cause.

"I love the last couple of days before the show takes off," Heim said. "Working on the stage with all your friends excited for the upcoming show is a great experience!"

And the reception to the peformers by the crowd was definitely high.

"The Montville School of Rock always has a great show," said Susan Dinapoli from Clifton. "They have a very talented group of kids. I drove all this way to just see them."

Prior to the concert, spectators were treated to a dinner of eggplant parmigiana and penne alla vodka. Once bellies were stuffed, everyone got to hear all kinds of music, from classic rock to contemporary artists. This included David Bowie, Bryan Adams, The Police and Toto. People enjoyed hearing classics like "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers, and "Stressed Out" by 21 Pilots.

"This is marvelous and a great deal for a dinner and a show at ten dollars," said Doris Griscti, from East Hanover, whose nephew Michael Cappuccio, a junior at the high school, performed in the concert. "I just love them and this really helps the kids and many causes. There's such great participation and a full parking lot."

For this month's concert, the proceeds of $320 went to the Parent Teacher Council.

To learn more about the Montville School of Rock and their upcoming shows, visit them on Facebook at

PHOTO: Performers of the Montville School of Rock concert: high school alumnus Jason Lisa, sophomore Kenna Heim, freshman Grace Laurito, junior Matthias Beck, junior Abby Garcia, high school teacher/School of Rock founder Anthony Sia, junior Claudia Colatrella, alumnus Mike Gelvan, freshmen Olivia Fazio, alumnus Billy Billand, and junior Michael Cappuccio.

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