5-Borough Youth Rock Symphony


We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the 5-Borough Youth Rock Symphony to launch the Electrify Your Music Foundation in April, 2013 – the close to 300 fantastic young musicians who gave the performance their all; our Kickstarter supporters whose generous donations helped us produce the event; our famous friends who supported us with performances, video messages, & donated raffle items (see below for more info); everyone who attended, and all of you who cheered us on and donated from around the world. A movement to fight for the arts in our schools has begun, and YOU’RE A PART OF IT!

Click here to visit our Facebook page, where you can see a great selection of photos from the day of the show.


Inspiring video messages from Steve Vai, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Michael Lang (creator of Woodstock), Dee Snider, and Cia Toscanini (Vice President of Concert Music, ASCAP – the granddaughter of esteemed conductor Arturo Toscanini) were shown following the intermission.

Raffle items included a signed copy of iconic rock photographer Bob Gruen’s book Rock Seen plus a limited edition print of John Lennon; The Road to Woodstock memoir signed by Woodstock creator Michael Lang; an autographed picture from Billy Joel; and a personally autographed Mark Wood Signature Series Viper electric violin. These raffle items generated over $2,000 for the foundation.

For the grand finale, Dee Snider joined us onstage and led the 300 members of the 5-Borough YRS in a roof-shattering rendition of We’re Not Gonna Take It, which he dedicated as a battle cry to save America’s music programs.

Comments are closed.