MONTVILLE, NJ - Two Great Concerts, Two Great Causes launches this spring with two benefit performances that will feature the rock-n-roll stylings of the acclaimed Montville School of Rock (MSOR).
MSOR, a high-energy Montville Township High School (MTHS) club for exciting entertainers, will host two concerts, for two performances only, as fundraisers for two Montville-based nonprofits: Homeless Bus Inc. and the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council.
The benefit concerts will be held in the MTHS auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The March 31 concert will benefit Homeless Bus Inc., and proceeds from the April 1 concert will benefit the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council.
Students who perform with MSOR dedicate extensive hours to practice and performance techniques. Organizing benefit concerts is an important part of the group’s mission.
MSOR was founded nine years ago by musician and MTHS graphics design teacher, Anthony Sia. Currently several MSOR alumni are pursuing professional careers as musicians.
Unique in its approach to training musicians, MSOR is performance and technology-based. Its members learn how to play, perform, and handle all equipment. The band covers all types of music including classic rock and pop, heavy metal and jazz, and many other genres on the broad musical spectrum. They also learn how to organize and promote benefit concerts.
The MSOR program is unique in that current students and alumni regularly perform together.
“Once a member of MSOR, always a member,” Sia said. “It’s a home, and the younger musicians learn from the older ones.”
MSOR fans know that most concerts feature a few surprise guests. Last November, recording artist ALUS joined MSOR on stage for the First Annual ROCKSGIVING benefit which raised almost $1,700 for Homeless Bus, Inc.
Every Saturday night, for the past twenty-two years, Homeless Bus, Inc. has provided hot meals, quick snacks, warm socks, and personal sized toiletries to homeless individuals on the streets of New York City and Paterson, New Jersey. Generous donations keep Homeless Bus, Inc. rolling, and MSOR hopes to fill the audience on Tuesday, March 31 with several hundred old and new fans to help raise money for the important community organization.
The Montville Township Drug Awareness Council (DAC) works very closely with the Montville Township Committee, Montville Board of Education, Montville Police Department, Montville school administrators and staff, parent groups and many other civic organizations in Montville Township to prevent substance abuse.
For the past thirty-one years, Montville DAC has sponsored Project Graduation, a town-wide, substance free, post-graduation celebration for all MTHS graduates. The Montville DAC Project Graduation is the longest running Project Graduation in New Jersey. More than 6,300 MTHS graduates have attended Project Graduation since its inception. In that time, not one alcohol or drug related incident has occurred during the event.
The $25,000 evening is paid for solely through donations to Montville DAC. Proceeds from the Wednesday, April 1 benefit concert will support the 2015 DAC Project Graduation. An audience of several hundred will help MSOR to provide a significant contribution to this safe and exciting MTHS graduation tradition.
In addition to great music and high energy rock-n-roll performances, the March 31 and April 1 fundraisers will feature juggling, comedy, poetry, and lots of musical surprises. MSOR concerts are fun for the entire family. Audiences are invited to bring friends, co-workers, acquaintances and relatives of all ages to support Two Great Concerts, Two Great Causes while enjoying great music by MSOR.