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School of Rock concert this Friday

Top and bottom: Grand Canyon School kids rock out at last year’s School of Rock concert.   Submitted photo

Top and bottom: Grand Canyon School kids rock out at last year’s School of Rock concert. Submitted photo

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon Music Festival's School of Rock program is celebrating its eighth year of bringing a one-week, high-energy and high-octane after-school rock and roll project to local high school students.

Arizona Commission on the Arts, Grand Canyon Rotary Club and South Grand Canyon Sanitary District generously underwrites this program. 2014 School of Rock will once again feature the good humor and extraordinary teaching and musical talents of returning Musicians-in-Residence Joe Deninzon and Steve Benson, with help from special guest instructor, Grand Canyon Music Festival co-founder Robert Bonfiglio. In addition, the festival is fortunate to have the wit, wisdom, excellent instruction and support from Grand Canyon School's music teacher, Bentley Monk.

This season's 22 School of Rock students and their instructors invite you to rock out with them in a free, all-ages culminating concert, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. at Shrine of the Ages.

Grand Canyon Music Festival is presenting two more weekends of wonderful, eclectic and exciting musical programming - through Sept. 6, with four days of music this Labor Day weekend.

Tomorrow is the annual, local-favorite, jazz, classical, blues and rock performance by The Bonfiglio Group; on Friday and Saturday string "band" (quartet) ETHEL is joined by Tuba City singer/songwriter, guitarist and long-time collaborator James Bilagody; and on Sunday, don't miss the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project's concert at 4 p.m. at Shrine of the Ages. This award-winning outreach program features short pieces written by students from the Navajo, Hopi, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Nations, who have been studying composition with composers-in-residence Raven Chacon and Michael Begay. The festival invites the public to come hear the students' original works, performed by ETHEL, the Catalyst Quartet, Guidonian Hand, and (ETHEL founding member) Mary Rowell in this free and family-friendly concert.

More information about this year's Grand Canyon Music Festival season and ticketing information is available on the website at

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