• The Pequannock Hoedown 2017

    The Pequannock Hoedown

    ShamRock School of Music will once again present 6 hours of music from current students, special guests and instructors. The stage this year is sponsored by KEARNY BANK, with
    Farmer's Insurance and Pequannock UNICO sponsoring the sound by Tony T.

    Click on the link below for our performances from last year's Hoedown!

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhV9vPHHlv4RAb7eJr988KCNBD6F2NiNi

    The line up for the stage is as follows (subject to change)
    11am National Anthem, Opening Ceremony with Loud & Proud
    1115am Loud & Proud with Kate Victor
    Noon- Ghost of The Navigator (our Reality Rock Band)
    1pm- Deja Vu (Teen Band from Murphy's Music, Mellvile, NY)
    2pm Uncontrollable (our teen band)
    3pm- B.S. and the Truth (our adult Rock Shop)
    4pm-5pm Vince Genella's Young Talent Showcase

    Schedule Subject to change

    Rain Date is Sunday September 17 11am-5pm

    Enjoy some great local food, games, rides, crafts and special promotions from local businesses and organizations from the township of Pequannock.

    ADMISSION IS FREE TO THE FESTIVAL!

  • 7th Annual Hungry Hearts Benefit Concert

    ShamRock School of Music & Tiffs will host the 7th Annual Hungry Hearts Benefit Concert on Sunday, February 26th at 5pm to help re-stock the Pequannock Food Pantry.

    Performing are ShamRock’s Adult Rock Shop band, and their Reality Rock Band, which features students ages 10-12. Both are led by instructor Vince Genella. Loud & Proud is their Group Vocal Ensemble led by Kate Victor, features 6 students ages 9-14 will also perform.

    Please bring a donation of non-perishable food items or a cash/check donation of $10 per person $20 per family for admission. If you cannot make the event but still want to participate, please bring your donation of check or non-perishable food items to ShamRock School of Music. For more info call 973-839-0100.

  • Dreams Become Reality For Aspiring Musicians

    This article appeared in the Wed November 30 edition of the Suburban Trends

    You can sense the excitement in the room. Up on stage, the lights are so blinding that you cannot see your family in the crowd. Your palms are sweaty. Your heart is racing. You look at your drummer and he says “Are you ready?” Your mind begins to race, “How did I get here?”

    Just ask the family of 11-year old David DaSilva whose mom, Amanda, had heard so much about the school that she thought the time was right to enroll her son in one of their Summer Rock Band programs. “I cannot tell you how impressed I am with ShamRock,” described Amanda. “Eight kids that have never played together, met on Monday and took the stage on Friday and performed a set at Jigg's. It was awesome! It is a true testament that Shamrock is the place for music!!”

    ShamRock also offers an Adult Rock Shop program for ages 25 years and older. No prior band experience is needed. They meet on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. for a total of five rehearsals before they are ready to hit the stage. “We offer much more than just lessons for the kids,” says Randy Shamber, co-owner, adding that “Twenty percent of our students are adults. Our most senior student is 92 years old and takes weekly piano lessons.”

    ShamRock also takes pride in its concerts staged for benefits and local causes. On Nov. 19, ShamRock celebrated its 8th Anniversary with a concert benefitting the non-profit America’s Special Kidz, who assist special needs people of all ages and disabilities. The director, Joanne Howard, has her 9 year old special needs son JJ enrolled in drum lessons at ShamRock. They have raised over $10,000 for A.S.K with their concerts over the last 3 years.

    Located at 595 Newark-Pompton Tpk., ShamRock offers a wide array of private & group lessons along with jazz and rock band programs. In addition to lessons, ShamRock also sells, repairs, and rents instruments.

    ShamRock has 10 experienced instructors and offers guitar, drums, piano, and voice lessons as well as on all school band instruments. ShamRock is equipped with six, brightly colored music-themed lesson rooms, plus a 600 sq. ft. rehearsal and performance studio. Each room has a window so the student’s
    lesson can be observed by the parent or guardian at any time. “In addition to learning to play a musical instrument, a child’s
    safety and the comfort level of the parent is a critical part of our philosophy,” explained co-owner Laura Shamber.

    Dreams Become Reality For Aspiring Musicians

    “I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of the lessons David receives,” Amanda explains. “What is just as important is the how the rock band program has increased my son’s self-confidence in everything he does at school. From grades to interacting with his peers.”

    ShamRock’s private lesson program, and expert staff of instructors is highly regarded by its customers, with 70 percent citing that their kids are learning more than they expected. They include extras such as written evaluations, parent consultations, recital & open mic performances plus free healthy snacks and drinks. Their lounge is comfortable and features free coffee, Wi- Fi and a flat screen TV for parents who are waiting for their child.

    New group classes starting in January include their Little ShamRocker’s Class for toddlers and as well as group guitar, ukulele, piano and drums. These classes are only $99 per month and serve as an excellent introduction for beginners. Their most popular class by far is the Group Vocal Ensemble for ages 9-16. This program runs year-round and includes a performance of the National Anthem at a Jackals baseball game in front of thousands each summer.

    Dreams Become Reality For Aspiring MusiciansDo you have that special someone you want to give the gift of music to this holiday season? Whether they are five or ninety-five, there is something for everyone, beginners to the experienced. ShamRock offers special holiday packages for keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars starting $199 that includes the instrument, accessories and four private 30-minute lessons.

    ShamRock School of Music is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn more about the school. Aspiring musicians of all levels are welcome to come in and receive a free lesson on any instrument or just take a tour of the studio. For more information about the school or the Open House, contact ShamRock directly by calling 973.839.0100, “like” them on Facebook, subscribe to their YourTube channel, or visit them on the web at ShamRockSchoolofMusic.com.

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Concert For Kidz III

    Concert For Kidz III

    ShamRock celebrates its 8th Anniversary with a fundraising concert for America's Special Kidz (A.S.K.), a non profit organization that creates a healthy, safe & bright future for ALL kids. They focus on special needs children and provide all kinds of services and support including events like Special Olympics. This year the event will take place at The NEW Laneve's Banquets in Haledon. Scheduled to perform will be the great Lou Palloalong with instructors and North Jersey rock veterans Vince Genella Roy Van Tassel and Tony Talamo. They will be joined by many of our top students on stage. Instructor Kate Victor will present Loud & Proud, our group vocal ensemble along with a set from her best vocal students.ShamRock's Xtreme Teen Band, uncontrollable, our Reality Rock student band and acoustic performances by ShamRock instructors Kristina Rigamonti and Zack Smith. More performers will be added!! Tickets for the event are $50 and include a FULL BUFFET DINNER. Half price tickets available for kids 10 and under. They can be purchased at ShamRock School of Music. All proceeds go to A.S.K. Any local business that would like to donate to our silent acution or sponsor the event, please contact us at ShamRock. No donation is too small. Last year we were able to donate $5,000 to A.S.K. Our goal this year is $7,500.

    NEW THIS YEAR!!! Anyone can sponsor a song for $50!!! A thank you will be mentioned when the song is played and you will be listed in the program.

    WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS so far...The Pequannock Chamber of Commerce and Farmer's Insurance and Linda D'Amico's Academy of Dance.

    You can donate directly by going to www.AmericaSpecialKidz.org

  • The Pequannock Hoedown Kearny Bank Stage

    ShamRock School of Music will once again present 6 hours of music from current students, special guests and instructors. The stage this year is sponsored by KEARNY BANK, with Farmer's Insurance, PBA Local #172, The Pequannock Valley Rotary, The Pequannock Chamber of Commerce and Jersey Integrative Health & Wellness as the sound sponsors.

    We are very happy to announce that at this year's Hoedown, we will offer 2 hours of Open Mic with Vince Genella's YOUNG TALENT SHOWCASE, This will take place on the Kearny Bank Hoedown Stage 3pm-5pm. Musicians ages 7-21 can sign up to perform by e-mailing info@ShamRockSchoolofMusic. Here are the guidelines for performing.

    1. You must be between the ages of 7-21 years old.
    2. Please register in advance at info@ShamRockSchoolofMusic.com. You will be asked to submit a video or audition in advance. A reply e-mail will provide details.
    3. The performer must reside in Pequannock OR is, or has been a student of ShamRock School of Music. If it is a band or duo, as long as one performer qualifies, that will work!
    4. Time slots are available on a first come first served basis.
    5. Time slots will be 2-3 songs, 10-15 minutes depending on number of entries.
    6. ShamRock will provide all of the backline for the event. No need to bring any equipment! Just bring your guitar or other personal instrument! We will have, keyboard, drums, amps etc,
    7. Want to sing or perform with a live band, but you are only solo? The Vince Genella Power Trio will be there to perform with you. Bands are also welcome.
    8. All set list must be approved in advance at time of registration. Only "clean" lyrics please.

    Vince Genella's Young Talent Showcase is into its 2nd year and takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month 4pm-8pm at Jiggs in Butler. All young musicians are always welcome to join Vince. No registration required at Jiggs.

    The line up for the stage is as follows (subject to change)
    11am National Anthem, Opening Ceremony with Loud & Proud
    1115am Loud & Proud with Kate Victor
    Noon- What's It 2 Ya, our Adult Rock Shop Band
    1pm- uncontrollable, our Teen Rock Band
    2pm Dead To Rights, a Jam Band experience
    3pm-5pm Vince Genella's Young Talent Showcase

  • 2016 Shammy Video Awards Ceremony & Rock For The Ron II

    Our 2nd Annual Shammy Videos Awards Presentation will happen this evening. 38 Videos have been nominated for best videos in 7 categories including Best Debut for 11 and Under, Best Solo Performance Male and Female 11u, Best Solo Performance Male and Female Teen, Best Student Band Performance and Best Adult Rock Band Performance. You can vote by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Shammys2016
    Winners are also selected based on total YouTube views and scores from our expert judges panel (not affiliated with ShamRock). You can view the videos by click on the link to the ballot above or go to our YouTube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/user/ShamRockSchool1/playlists
    ALL NOMINEES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. The evening will also include performances by our teen rock band, UNCONTROLLABLE and a solo performance by ABBY DILORENZO. We also be collecting donations at the door for the Ronald McDonald House. Suggested donation is $10 per person, $25 per family. This event will be followed by Vince Genella's Spread the Jam Open Mic from 7pm-10pm.

  • Happy Holidays 2015

    Happy Holidays from ShamRock

  • ShamRock Raises $5,000 for America's Special Kidz!

    December 2, 2015

    J.J. Howard

    ShamRock drum student, 8 year old J.J. Howard performs to the Beatles at this year’s Concert for Kidz along with his instructor Roy Van Tassel. J.J. is the son of A.S.K director Joanne Bastante-Howard.

    (Pompton Plains)— ShamRock School of Music hosted their 7th Anniversary celebration with a fundraising concert for America’s Special Kidz on November 22 at Laneve’s Banquet Hall in Haledon.

    “It’s a ShamRock tradition to host an annual charity benefit to help those in need in the community.  We once again supported America’s Special Kidz (A.S.K.), a non-profit that serves families with children that have disabilities and special needs,” explained Randy Shamber, owner of ShamRock School of Music located at 595 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

    “With the support of the title sponsor Stop and Shop in Pompton Plains, we had a spectacular concert! We raised over $5,000 for A.S.K. so that their local programs can continue for the kids,” he stated.  Additional event sponsors included K & S Band Instrument Rentals, Linda D’Amico’s Academy of Dance, Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Raymond Jackson Jr. In addition, dozens of local businesses made donations for the cause. “Having so many businesses involved makes this a great community event,” said Shamber.  “We would also like to thank the generosity and support of music education by the parents of the performers.”

    “By demonstrating social responsibility to our students, we believe that we can teach them that music can not only be a joy to perform or listen to, but it can also help people struggling,” according to Laura Shamber, vice president at ShamRock.

    2015 Concert for Kidz

    The owners of ShamRock with Joanne Bastante-Howard, director of A.S.K and the group of instructors, special guests and students that performed at this year’s Concert for Kidz.

    Performances featured instructors and North Jersey music veterans Vince Genella,  Roy Van Tassel and Tony Talamo. Vocal instructor Kate Victor performed with her group ensemble Loud & Proud. ShamRock’s Reality Rock Teen Band and their Adult Rock Shop band & Jazz Band also performed. The highlight of the event included a reunion of students that attended ShamRock’s first ever Rock Camp in 2009.  “Its is great to see that these kids, now in college, still have a passion for music that was cultivated at our school,” said Mr. Shamber.

    All proceeds raised were donated to A.S.K. Go to www.AmericaSpecialKidz.org for more info or to make a donation.

    ShamRock School of Music is located at 595 Newark Pompton Tpke, Pompton Plains, NJ.  973-839-0100,www.ShamRockSchoolofMusic.com.  They offer private lessons, sales, service and rentals on all instruments including school band instruments.  They also offer rock & jazz band programs, vocal lessons, and group classes.

  • ShamRock School of Music in Pequannock voted Favorite Music School again

    ShamRock School of Music in Pequannock voted Favorite Music School again

    ShamRock's Loud & Proud Group Vocal Ensemble performs at a recent event. Attend the ShamRock School of Music Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5 to discover why ShamRock was voted Favorite Music School in the Wayne Reader's Poll for 2015.

    PEQUANNOCK - Whether you're old or young, a veteran or beginner, or simply love music, ShamRock School of Music located in Pompton Plains is the place for all musicians to hone and showcase their skills.

    Located at 595 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, ShamRock offers a wide array of private and group lessons along with jazz and rock band programs for both kids and adults. In addition to lessons, ShamRock also sells, repairs, and rents instruments.

    Do you have that special someone you want to give the gift of music to this holiday season? Whether they are five or 95, there is something for every beginner. They offer special holiday packages for keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars starting at $199 that include the instrument, accessories and four private 30-minute lessons.

    New group classes starting in January include: Little ShamRocker's class for toddlers and a Group Ukulele class, which includes a Uke when you register. One of the most popular classes by far is the Group Vocal Ensemble for ages nine through 16. This program runs year round and includes a performance of the National Anthem at a Jackals baseball game in front of thousands.

    ShamRock has 10 experienced instructors and offers guitar, drums, piano, and voice lessons as well as all school band instruments. ShamRock is equipped with six brightly colored, music-themed lesson rooms, plus a 600-square-foot rehearsal and performance studio. Each room has a window so the student's lesson can be observed by the parent or guardian at any time.

    "In addition to learning to play a musical instrument, a child's safety and the comfort level of the parent is a critical part of our philosophy," explained co-owner Laura Shamber.

    ShamRock's private lesson program and expert staff of instructors is highly regarded by its customers, with 70 percent citing that their kids are learning more than they expected. They include extras such as written evaluations, parent consultations, recital & open mic performances, and free healthy snacks and drinks. Their lounge is comfortable and features free coffee, Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV for parents who are waiting for their child.

    New this December to ShamRock is the addition of a Holiday Rock Camp that will perform at Bardi's on Jan. 2. The program is directed by head instructor, Vince Genella, who has over 25 years of performance and teaching experience. It is patterned after ShamRock's Summer Rock Camp program, which has students rehearse for 15 hours, and then perform live - everything from Led Zeppelin to Adele. If you are interested in seeing this program in action, you can view these performances on the ShamRock School of Music YouTube channel and Facebook page.

    Attending ShamRock has lasting benefits to its students.

    "My daughter originally came to ShamRock to learn trumpet for school, but her instructors encouraged her to try other instruments and sing," explained Diane Stupski, whose daughter, Jess, has been enrolled at ShamRock for six years, and now is the lead singer in their Xtreme Teen Band. "This has helped her with her self-esteem and taught her self-discipline and how to work with others."

    Fifteen-year-old Jess is now also a teacher assistant in the school's Group Vocal Ensemble.

    "I love being involved with ShamRock! They have given me so many new opportunities to grow musically and personally," she said.

    ShamRock also offers an Adult Rock Shop program for ages 25 years and older. They meet on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. for a total of five rehearsals before they are ready to hit the stage.

    "We offer much more than just lessons for the kids," says Randy Shamber, co-owner, adding that "20 percent of our students are adults."

    ShamRock also takes pride in its concerts staged for benefits and local causes.

    On Nov. 22, ShamRock celebrated its 7th Anniversary with a concert benefitting the non-profit America's Special Kidz, an organization that assists special needs people of all ages and disabilities.

    Joanne Howard, director of A.S.K. also has her special needs son J.J. enrolled in lessons at ShamRock.

    "My son and I love ShamRock! Everyone is professional and genuinely cares. I have a child with special needs and their team goes above and beyond to make sure my son's needs are met. I would strongly recommend ShamRock," she said.

    ShamRock School of Music is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn more about the school.

    Aspiring musicians of all levels are welcome to come in and receive a free lesson on any instrument or just take a tour of the studio. For more information about the school or the Open House, contact ShamRock directly by 973-839-0100, "like" them on Facebook, subscribe to their YouTube channel, or visit them on the web at www.ShamRockSchool ofMusic.com.

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