School of Rock students to perform in Abbey Road on the River


WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will showcase some young talent this year.

For the first time, young musicians at School of Rock in Middletown will perform on the big stage in Jeffersonville.

“I’m really excited,” Catey Amrein, a singer and pianist with the group, said. “Mainly a little nervous of course because I don’t think I’ve ever performed in front of this big of a crowd. But I’m really excited to perform.”

The band is made up of students ages 10 to 18. Most of them will play multiple instruments or sing throughout the set.

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Students from the School of Rock will perform Beatles’ hits for the festival on Friday and Saturday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The students have been practicing for three months, learning the full Beatles’ Abbey Road and Woodstock set list. Over the past few weeks, they have played some gigs in front of crowds to rehearse before the big day.


“It’s actually helped a lot because I don’t know if I would be able to do this festival if we started with this,” Nico Johnson, a drummer, said. “So starting with the little smaller places has built up my confidence really.”

Amrein said the set list shows the history behind the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

They have two different shows they will perform—one on Friday and one on Saturday.

“I’m just really, really excited to showcase the work they’ve done,” Patrick Denney, School of Rock’s music director, said. “And they’ve sounded incredible throughout the process and I just can’t wait for the people at Abbey Road to hear.”

The School of Rock will play on Friday and on Saturday at the F-Stage at 5:15 p.m.

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