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School of Rock raises funds for scholarships

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Rolling stones were all part of a special anniversary celebration in the Tri-State Sunday afternoon.

The real band members weren't there, but students rocking out to their famous jams were as part of the one year anniversary for the School of Rock Mason.

The school teaches students all about rock music, and gives them a chance to perform live.

These musicians weren't even born when the songs they played were first released.  But, thanks to this school, they're getting a firsthand look at some music they probably won't learn in the high school marching band.

"When they have their music programs, it's typically concert bands, marching bands, maybe a jazz band or an orchestra.  But to be able to play rock, which all these kids are doing, is just not something schools offer," said Tim Garry, owner of the School of Rock Mason.

On Sunday, they picked up their guitars, drumsticks and microphones, got under the bright lights and performed for friends and family.  It's part of the school's first anniversary celebration, and a special fundraiser.  The money raised will go to the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

"We are raising funds for the Rock School Scholarship Fund which provides money to kids who want to go to a rock-oriented music program, but they can't afford the full tuition.  The monies that we're raising will be actually earmarked for kids in the greater Cincinnati area," added Garry.

Gabe Page, 13, is a student at the school.  With a growing interest in rock music, and a viewing of the movie "School of Rock," he ended up enrolling at the school.  The skills he's learned have given him a career path.

"It's kind of the thing I want to do in the future.  I want to be able to go out and get up on stage, play some good music," said Page.

The same goes for 16-year old Brandon Bihn, another student at the school.

"I do want to get into a music college when I'm older.  I know this is what I want to do now.  This is my passion," said Bihn.

While it's about the music and the performance, it also gives kids a chance to make some new friends, learn something they might not get at school and take away some life skills in the process.

"It's not just music.  It's the leadership skills that they learn.  It's the presence to be up on stage, self confidence, all of that," Garry told FOX19

There are around 90 musicians enrolled at the school.

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