Fred Rockin’

Conventional wisdom suggests that classical musicians take lessons while rock musicians are self-taught. The movie “School of Rock” revolves around the premise of kids learning rock music instead of traditional orchestral pieces.

I found a real school of rock when I was looking online for things to do during my next visit to Maryland. Students from Frederick Rock School performed at the city’s Independence Day celebration. A local paper said it is one of three Let There Be Rock Schools in the country. The other two are in Columbia, Maryland and Folsom, Pennsylvania.

In April, the Frederick Rock School had a ’80s-themed recital at a sports bar called Champion Billiards. Here’s a Stray Cats cover by the band Unavailable. The 11-year old lead singer and guitarist has an amusing Twitter account where he posts stuff like “I’m learning to make my own grilled cheese sandwich.”

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