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U-Rock’s Music Rox Fund offers free music lessons to deserving kids

U-Rock Music School wants to get the word out that they’re looking to help two local kids (children or teens) to further their musical abilities for FREE this summer, through their Music Rox Fund.
“It’s important to us to give back to the community in this way. Helping young people with big talent who might not otherwise be able to afford music lessons,” says Cathy Hallessey, who runs the school.

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Concert celebrates U-Rocks 20th anniversary

(via U-Rock / Cathy Hallessey)

U-Rock Music School celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday at their annual winter concert at the Brass Monkey on Greenbank Road.

There were more than 250 people in attendance and we helped raise $200 for Lamitta’s gofundme campaign too.

Councillor Shad Qadri was also in attendance at the show to help us celebrate and to draw the winning ticket for a family movie pass donated by Dennis Tarrant and Frank Fragomeni of Stittsville’s TeamOneHomes. The winner was Ellie Medaglia, 8 one of U-Rock’s Roxies.

Special guest 6-year old Lamitta El Roz and her dad Rob, enjoying the show.
Special guest 6-year old Lamitta El Roz and her dad Rob, enjoying the show.
The U-Rock teen band The Crushers. From left to right: Brodie Paton, 15, Kyler Villeneuve, 12, Bradley Johnstone, 17, Jasmine Beavis, 14, Samantha Clarke, 15 and Catherine Hnatiw, 13.
The U-Rock teen band The Crushers. From left to right: Brodie Paton, 15, Kyler Villeneuve, 12, Bradley Johnstone, 17, Jasmine Beavis, 14, Samantha Clarke, 15 and Catherine Hnatiw, 13.

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U-Rock Students bring spirit of Christmas to Stittsville

(via U-Rock Music School)

Our music students aged 6-17 will be full of good cheer on Sunday, December 20, when they perform at an open mic event at Hurley’s Restaurant in Stittsville from 2pm-3pm.

The musical theme is “winter fun” and all the students will be singing Christmas carols or festive winter songs.

This will also be the very first performance of U-Rock’s new all-girl singing group, The Roxies, aged 6-9 years old. They will be performing two great songs to open the show.

In the spirit of giving, U-Rock Music School is also collecting small musical items at this event, such as guitar pics, straps, guitar strings, patch cords and anything else that will help the teens who enjoy the benefits of music therapy while in treatment at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the spirit of the season with our young rock stars, while also helping us give back to a very worthy cause.


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Stittsville performers sweep Carleton Place singing contest

(Photo: All 8 semi-finalists from U-Rock Music School, along with their vocal coach, Cathy Hallessey (center). Left to right: Andrew Waines, Sarah Culbert, Abigail Moffitt, Briana Kelford, Avery Stone, Karolina Moo, Heidi Nephin and Samantha Clarke.)

Young singers from U-Rock Music School in Stittsville swept all four prizes at the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market (CPFM) Vocal Competition today, taking away $1,000 in cash prizes.

This year’s winner is Sarah Culbert, 13, who performed “If I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. She won the top prize of $500 for her flawless vocal rendition that captivated the attention of all four judges as well as the popular vote. Continue reading


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First Music ROX Fund 2015 recipients chosen by Stittsville’s U-Rock Music School

(Press release from U-Rock Music School.)

Two aspiring young musicians have been selected to receive this year’s Music ROX Fund from Stittsville’s U-Rock Music School.

Kate Magnan, 13, and Shiane Marie Rawlings, 13, both met the selection criteria and will each receive eight private lessons in vocals, guitar or drums during the 2015 summer lessons session.

“Music is our life. My mom says I’ve been singing since I could make sounds. I don’t think I’ll ever stop singing. If someone gave me free lessons, I would be very thankful,” wrote Shiane Marie Rawlins in her winning application.

The Music ROX fund was established this year to provide music education to promising young musicians who might not otherwise have access to private lessons.

U-Rock Music School’s founder, Cathy Hallessey, explains why this fund is important to her community. “It’s our way of giving back to a community that’s been so supportive of our music school. Offering free summer lessons to our two deserving young singers helps us encourage their music education by providing opportunities they might not otherwise have had. We want to share our passion for music every chance we get.”

Shiane & Kate will attend U-Rock’s summer rock concert on June 21st at The Brass Monkey to watch the school’s talented performers and will be officially introduced and given their Music ROX Fund packages at this event.

U-Rock Music School has been grooming young rock stars since 1997.

For more information please visit www.u-rockschool.com


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U-Rock Music gives back with new MUSIC ROX fund

(via U Rock Music School)

Looking for young rock stars in our community! Our music school is offering free lessons this summer to two deserving children aged 7-18 years who would like to learn how to sing, play guitar, bass or drums.

We are starting a special MUSIC ROX fund to provide lessons to those who are musically gifted but unable to afford lessons. If you know someone who would like to audition for 8 weeks of free lessons, please contact us at www.u-rockschool.com or call us at 613-457-5064.

Meanwhile, registration for our summer programs is now underway! Rock stars ages 5+ are most welcome!


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The Beetle Squishers: Stittsville/Kanata tweens & teens form a rock band

In a cool Stittsville basement, eight young musicians aged 12-16 came together to form a rock band, calling themselves The Beetle Squishers. The name is a nod to their two music teachers/coaches who front popular Ottawa Rock band, SpiderKillers.

The band has been given a huge challenge: learn two classic rock songs as a group in only four practices and then perform the songs on stage at The Brass Monkey at U-Rock’s winter concert on Sunday, February 1st, in front of more than 150 fans…WHAAAT??!?

The band members are all students at U-Rock Music School but it’s the first band experience for all of them and the kids were very eager to get rocking. Singer Grace Carrie, 13, was asked to play drums and she’s risen to the challenge like a true pro. Guitarist Liam Marelic, 13, was asked to play bass; he too has shown great spirit in taking on a different instrument for this event. Acoustic guitarist Aidan Kratt, 12, knew this would be fun but hard work and he’s done extremely well. Lead guitarist Bex (Becky Hall) age 16 has a big job to do and is proving competent at working with the guys, holding down the musical backbeat of the tunes.

Singers Kaitlyn Weatherall, 14, Sarah Culbert, 13, Kyrstein Wright, 16 and Abigail Moffitt, 12, are all doing an amazing job as the front line of the band, blending their unique voices to totally rock out the tunes.

This talented group of teens and tweens will be fun to watch on February 1st at their  concert premier. The M&M’s are fuelling their energy at practice each week, but ultimately it’s their combined talent that makes them so special.

Has a new rock/pop teen sensation been born? The Beetle Squishers just may be the next big thing in the Ottawa teen music scene.

From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, Sarah Culbert, and Becky Hall.
From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, Sarah Culbert, and Becky Hall.

 

Aidan Kratt on acoustic guitar
Aidan Kratt on acoustic guitar

 

M&Ms power the Beetle Squishers during practice. Abigail Moffitt is pictured at right.
M&Ms power the Beetle Squishers during practice. Abigail Moffitt is pictured at right.

 

Grace Carrie on drums
Grace Carrie on drums

 

From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, and Sarah Culbert.
From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, and Sarah Culbert.

 

Becky Hall on guitar
Becky Hall on guitar

 

Liam Marelic, 12, takes on bass guitar
Liam Marelic, 12, takes on bass guitar

 

Abigail hams it up at practice
Abigail hams it up at practice

 

Cathy Hallessey is the owner of U-Rock Music School in Stittsville.


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