Clyde grad rockin' at rock school

CLYDE Rock and roll isn't dead, it's being taught. Lovers of rock like Darcy Young, 1
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

CLYDE

Rock and roll isn't dead, it's being taught.

Lovers of rock like Darcy Young, 18, of Clyde, have always shown talent, but sought out a way to elevate their gifts.

Upon catching a glimpse of an ad in the paper advertising a school of rock, the Young family thought that with Darcy's interest and abilities, they should check it out.

A school of rock. A rock school, many laugh at the idea, thinking of the "School of Rock" movie in which actor Jack Black tries his hand at teaching his R-rated methods of rock.

In reality, the movie was actually loosely based off the Paul Green School of Rock Music, started in Pennsylvania and expanded to more than 30 schools during the past nine years.

The first and only school in Ohio opened in February in Rocky River near Cleveland. Manager Shelly Norehad explained that her school is set up to offer students the opportunity to expand and evolve musically.

The 33 students are instructed by eight musicians who perform nightly at local gigs.

Attending an open house, Darcy's father Bill Young knew it would be the perfect fit for his daughter.

"Darcy has a love of music, and I knew this would be a great opportunity for her," he said. "This school is amazing."

With a background in show choir as well as marching, jazz and concert bands, Young finished her senior year at Clyde High School in November, staying that long to maintain her spot in the marching band.

"I was just ready to be out of school, but I loved being in the band and hanging out with everyone," she said, "I got to be around nothing but music for a whole hour."

Her favorite bands range from Guns & Roses to Def Leppard. Young had the opportunity to meet Def Leppard when a band she was in won the honor of playing on a side stage during intermission for the legendary group.

Music, understandable, but how does someone at such a young age get pulled into classic rock and roll?

"My parents always listened to it," Young said. "My friends would be listening to pop and I would go home and jam out to The Doors."

Not always confident in her abilities, she initially hated singing alone.

"I got more comfortable and got more at home in front of the mic," she said, explaining how her vocal abilities grew alongside her instrumental talents.

Starting with the tenor sax in middle school, she is now an avid guitar player and hopes to soon learn bass guitar.

The progress of the students since February, she and others said, is notable.

"I think they've all done an absolutely awesome, awesome job," her dad said.

The school's students will perform their first performance this weekend with show dates heading into June and also a Memorial Day Rib-off, during which they will open for Pat Benatar.

Young said she's not nervous being one of two vocalists from the school performing Pink Floyd songs this weekend.

"It's really cool, I can't do this anywhere else," she said.

"If it isn't perfect, it's okay," Bill Young told his daughter. "We'll be proud of her no matter what, and probably won't even notice if mistakes are made."

Cheryl Welch 5/18/07 Pullout

Paul Green School of Rock of Cleveland

* 20148 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116

* rockyriver@schoolofrock.com

* 440-333-ROCK

* Check out their performance schedule at schoolofrock.com/cleveland

Tuition is $225/month, includes

* Instruction on one instrument

* Three hour ensemble lessons

* Private 45 minute lessons on the chosen instrument