MONTVILLE, NJ – A seventh grade Lazar student who is also an accomplished TV/stage actress, singer, and model is featured in a TV commercial for a local bank.

Sway Bhatia, a 12 year old seventh grader, is featured in Citizens Bank’s new TV commercial called “Made Ready.” Bhatia is shown playing drums with Questlove, co-founder of The Roots, which is the in-house band for NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

“My manager knows that I’m a drummer, and he submitted me to audition for the commercial with Questlove,” says Bhatia, who has performed in HBO’s “Succession,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” and the Encores at City Center show “Really Rosie.”

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“Quest is one of my favorite drummers, and I definitely learned a lot from just sitting next to him and playing along with him,” she said.

Bhatia demonstrated a passion for entertaining since she was three years old, her parents said. They noticed that she loved the rhythm of Bollywood songs that were featured in movies that they all watched together. When she turned five, she pursued her passion for music by enrolling at School of Rock Montclair, which is an after school music program for young musicians. She’s taken lessons in singing, keyboard, guitar and drums, and has also performed with her fellow students in tribute concerts to AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles at music venues around New Jersey.

Kevin March, the General Manager of School of Rock Montclair, is a fan of Bhatia’s drumming skills.

“Sway is a very dynamic, very solid drummer,” says March. “She can read music really well, she knows lots of rudiments, and she can play in many different styles, including rock, jazz, Latin, soul, and r&b. Her solos are excellent, and she’s one of the hardest working and energetic student musicians here.”

See Sway in the commercial here:

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