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New Jersey’s premier rock band program for young musicians, Rockit, will be performing at this year’s FilmOneFest! Housed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ, Rockit is now the leading professional Rock Band School for young musicians in New Jersey. They will take to the FilmOneFest stage to perform a variety of their best covers and present new talent.

Check out the organization’s mission statement below and get excited for their performance this Saturday! For more information, visit www.rockitlive.org on the web.

“In the immortal words of AC/DC, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock-n-roll.” However, Brooklyn–based musician Bruce Gallipani decided nine years ago that he could teach young rockers some valuable lessons along the way.

Gallipani believes in rock music, that it offers a whole lot of positive reinforcement and well-being for today’s youth. He’s pounding out the message with every concert, sharing his vision, and giving kids a taste of performing live on the big stage together. In 2007, the Count Basie Theatre, a landmark venue in the heart of Red Bank, NJ invited Rockit into a partnership of music education and collaboration in fundraising events and music scholarships in the performing arts.

Rockit joined the theatre’s Performing Arts Academy then went on to open for The Marshall Tucker Band to a full-house crowd. Soon after, Rockit students performed with legendary session drummer Bernard Purdie at the D’Angelico Guitar Center in Red Bank.

The Rockit All-Stars teamed with the NJ State Youth Orchestra to unleash a rousing set of symphonic classics in concert and next opened a New Year’s Eve show for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. The Basie has also invited Rockit to open for legendary vocalist Eric Burdon and singer-songwriter David Bromberg.

From 2011 onward, Rockit dove deeper into thematic tribute concerts. The Rockit All -Stars performed the legendary Who’s Next album replete with retro gear and a drum kit to honor Keith Moon. Rockit took this approach a step further in a summer show, A Tribute to Woodstock, with a stage design reminiscent of the original event. Other albums performed in full have been: Led Zeppelin I, Janis Joplin’s Pearl, and Dark Side Of The Moon.

At the Basie Theatre’s Vanguard Awards in August 2014, honoree Steven Van Zandt joined Rockit on stage for “A Little Help From My Friends,” a Woodstock Tribute finale.

Rockit alumni have gone on to tour with Steve Vai, perform with Keith Urban, become finalists on The X-Factor, sing on Broadway, and star on NBC TV’s The Voice.

The Rockit Live Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization where kids ages 8-18, audition, then participate in a seven-week group program to learn a specific repertoire of songs, supplemented with individual instruction. The musicians divvy up to form separate groups who together, at the program’s end, perform on stage with high-production gear and lighting. This year, they will be performing The Who’s Rock Opera, Tommy at the 2nd Annual Vanguard Awards, August 29th at the Count Basie Theatre.”

(Mission statement and photos courtesy of Rockit Live website)