Brandon Wiggers, a current student of School of Rock Wichita, has recently been chosen to join the All-Stars for tour this summer. The All-Stars represent the best of the best of the School of Rock musicians. More than 9,000 students are currently enrolled in School of Rock all across the nation, and the All-Stars are made up of the top 1.5 percent. Along with being good musicians, All-Stars are required to be good citizens, good examples and also give back to the community using their gifts.
“[I’m] really happy for him because I know he put in a lot of hard work,” said Jason Ramsey, the general manager and co-owner. “I couldn’t be happier that he is going to represent our city in this huge tour.”
Wiggers has been with School of Rock Wichita since it opened last summer, as both a guitarist and vocalist. He has performed in A Tribute to the Beatles, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall,’ and is currently enrolled in the Southern Rock Show.
The All-Stars will travel across the Midwest performing several live shows from July 27th to August 4th. Pictures and video will be posted throughout the tour, so be sure and check the School of Rock Wichita blog often.
The All-Stars will also have the opportunity this summer to perform in the world’s largest music festival—Summerfest. On June 29 and 30, Summerfest will bring in more than 200 student performers competing in the GEMBA competition. Performers will be coming from states including Texas, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Kansas and Delaware.
The performances will be judged by well-known musicians; tentatively scheduled are Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats), Earl Slick (David Bowie), Jim Peterik (Survivor, Ides of March), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Metal Mike (Rob Halford) and Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult). The competition will take place on Saturday, June 29 at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Uline Warehouse, and U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. From there, the top bands will battle in the finals at the BMO Harris Pavilion on Sunday, June 30.
“I think that this gives us an advantage over everyone else out there because we can offer a unique experience for these kids to be involved in a major festival,” Ramsey said. “It will give them an experience that they really can’t buy.”
If you are interested in doing summer camps, School of Rock Wichita only has two left this summer! Players of any experience level, ages 7-18, are welcome to attend the rock music summer camps for an educational and entertaining rock music experience.
“If you haven’t been to a school of rock summer camp, now is a great time,” Ramsey said.
School of Rock is located at 1218 S Rock Road. To visit them online, go to www.wichita.schoolofrock.com.