The story behind the School of Rock
Mr. Green grew up playing guitar and bass. He taught music lessons and played gigs to pay his way through college. Ultimately, his lessons turned into jam sessions when he asked his students to collaborate with him – and play the music they were individually learning. That's when the idea for the school emerged. In 1998, Mr. Green opened up the first School of Rock in Philadelphia.
Now, 10 years later, there are 45 schools across the country, with 20 more schools set to open. June 2009 will also mark the second annual School of Rock Festival, where kids play with well-known rock bands. Last year, the Dropkick Murphys and Less Than Jake headlined the festival.
The school offers other professional opportunities, too. Each year, students audition for a spot in the school's All-Stars group, a three-year national touring band of the school's top students. Over the years, students have played with Eddie Vedder, Alice Cooper, and Peter Frampton, and traveled internationally to play shows in Europe, Mexico, and Singapore.