Stairway To Stardom Marks 37th Year
...put young musicians in a band, provided coaching, and culminated in a performance. Thirty-seven years later, “Stairway,” which has spawned similar programs nationwide, is still running strong.
Stairway to Stardom, which starts in early June each year, gives participants the chance to write, rehearse, perform, and record music at a professional level. Skip’s Music provides expert coaches, rehearsal space, professional equipment, and recording studio time. The curriculum also includes an invaluable series of seminars hosted by music industry specialists, with topics including performance, songwriting, music business, recording, and collaboration. The highlight of the program, however, is the final concert, where all of the young participants get the chance to rock out on a professional stage for the very first time.
This summer’s concert was held at the beautiful Quarry Park Amphitheater located in Rocklin California and featured ten brand new bands as well as a special guest act comprising four Stairway alumni. Each member represented the decade in which they participated in the program and collectively performed a popular song from each. One of these songs also featured special guest Toryn Green (Fuel, Apocalyptica, For the Taking, Burning Blue) on lead vocals. Green also took a few minutes to talk and share some inspiration with the young participants before they hit the stage.
Many representatives and industry professionals came out in true form to not only sponsor and show their support at the concert, but to also attend and play in Skip’s Stairway to Stardom fundraiser golf tournament. “For nearly four decades, the annual golf tournament, which is held the day after the concert, has proven to be a great opportunity for many of our industry friends and partners to get together, support a great cause and have a little fun on the green,” said Skip’s Music President Skip Maggiora.
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