Welcome to GEMBA, School of Rock's Battle of the Bands that takes place inside the world's largest music festival - Summerfest!

Gemba is a Japanese word meaning "the real place." For School of Rock, the stage is our real place. It is where we belong and what inspires us to learn.

The 2nd annual Gemba event was a smashing success, with 59 SoR bands playing for nearly 22 hours over the weekend at The Horny Goat Hideaway and on 5 Summerfest Stages! This year, students joined a lineup including Umphrey's McGee, REO Speedwagon, KONGOS, Girl Talk, 38 Special, and more.

All of the bands blew our judges away, but SoR Franklin took home the gong!

We had an awesome and diverse group of 10 judges who scored each bands' performance to determine the winners of Gemba 2014!

  • Carl Restivo (Rihanna, Tom Morello)
  • Damon Ranger (Oscar Winner, Life of Pi)
  • Dimitri Coats (Off!)
  • Earl Slick (David Bowie)
  • Greg Corner (Kill Hannah)
  • James Williamson (The Stooges)
  • Jimmy Chamberlin (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Metal Mike (Halford)
  • Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean)
  • Zack Carothers (Portugal. The Man)

What's this? A Google Hangout event, just for us??

You mean, all weekend awesome people ran around the Horny Goat and Summerfest getting interviews and videos that aired on the internets for grandmas and friends and can now be found on YouTube??

Wow! It's not at all like being there, but it's pretty awesome!!

Check out this epic compilation of Gemba highlights on Storify. You can also search our hastags on social media:

#Gemba2014 #SchoolofRock #SchoolofRock[SchoolName] #TheStageAwaits #RoadToGemba

Schools Goin' to Gemba:

  • Austin
  • Ballwin
  • Bellevue
  • Carmel
  • Chatham
  • Chicago
  • Downingtown
  • Eden Prairie
  • Franklin
  • Fort Washington
  • Germantown
  • Glen Ellyn
  • Katy
  • Lubbock
  • Main Line
  • Markham
  • Mason
  • Miami
  • Mokena
  • Newtown
  • Oak Park
  • Omaha
  • Palo Alto
  • Portland
  • Roslyn
  • San Antonio
  • Seattle
  • St Paul
  • Waldwick
  • West LA
  • Wexford
  • Wichita