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David Ellefson and other rockstars offer music lessons to kids in quarantine

David Ellefson 2020

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David Ellefson and other rockstars offer music lessons to kids in quarantine

Being a rockstar goes beyond great musical talent, stage presence and a remarkable discography. It is also about using your fame for good. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is taking it seriously. The musician will give music lessons to children during the quarantine period, due to the COVID-19 crisis.


The musician’s foundation, David Ellefson Music Foundation, announced the School’s Out! Project. Which refers to the classic Alice Cooper song. And will have music classes and mentoring sessions via Skype, for children at home. whose teachers will be musicians from legendary bands and artists from rock and heavy metal.

The NGO’s mission, says Ellefson, is to keep the study of music active in schools, but what to do since schools have closed? With that, the idea came up, supported by great music companions, which aims to bring hope, creativity, and of course, music, to children trapped at home in this very difficult time for the world. Students here can do the application at

David Ellefson project will have:

  • David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
  • Dirk Verbeuren (MEGADETH)
  • Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER)
  • Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES)
  • Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH)
  • Kiko Loureiro (MEGADETH)
  • Clint Lowery (SEVENDUST)
  • Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER)

In the statement, the project said:

“We are proud to announce the #SCHOOLSOUT initiative, to give remote one-on-one mentoring sessions and music lessons via SKYPE, with legendary Rock and Metal artists, to students displaced from school activities by COVID 19 Restrictions.”

In addition, it said:

“The DAVID ELLEFSON YOUTH MUSIC FOUNDATION, the nonprofit started in 2018 by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, has announced their “SCHOOL’S OUT” initiative, providing free music lessons and one on one mentoring sessions via videoconference from major artists to students stuck at home due to Covid 19 restrictions.”

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