Gathering Of The Vibes: School Of Rock

Today marks Jeremy Staffa’s last performance with the School of Rock.

The recent Staples High School graduate is excited for college, but there’s a part of him that wants to repeat senior year.

“It’s bittersweet,” Staffa, a guitar player, said before his afternoon set with the School of Rock Fairfield house band Sunday. “It’s the only place where you can buy performance experience. The School of Rock does a ton of that. It’s priceless.”

Staffa is also playing with the School of Rock All-Stars, an elite group of School of Rock students from across the Tristate area.

He’ll share the stage with 13-year-old drummer Becca Webster, who spoke of the “confidence” she gained at the school.

“Before I came to the School of Rock, I didn’t think could play in a band,” she said. “Now, I can’t wait to get on stage.”

Staffa and Webster, along with fellow School of Rock students, will perform renditions of Steely Dan’s “Peg” and B52′s “Love Shack.”

In the fall, Staffa is heading to the University of Rochester, where he plans on studying audio engineering and music. He’s looking forward to moving on, but he will always look back fondly on his time at the School of Rock — a place where he was encouraged to turn the music up.

Said Staffa: “I’ll really miss being here.”

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