Any student in the top 1.5 percentile has accomplished a great deal getting to the head of the class. Most just don’t have to do so by video auditions within a class of 17,000 — split between 140 schools in eight countries — the way area School of Rock singing guitarists Alex Shaw and Ben Rothschild and vocalist Gianna Mascaro did to become 2014 School of Rock All-Stars.
Their reward was a recent all-star tour that included the 19th annual Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, Conn., a sprawling event organized after Grateful Dead guru Jerry Garcia’s death. This edition featured the likes of Widespread Panic, Ziggy Marley and John Fogerty.
Those headliners are old enough to be grandparents to Mascaro, a University of Central Florida student; the 15-year-old Rothschild, and Royal Palm Beach resident Shaw — a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Bak Middle School who became one of the youngest-ever all-stars last year at age 12.
“We played three nights at Gathering of the Vibes, and it was crazy,” Shaw says. “So was last year, when we played Lollapalooza in Chicago."
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