NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- For one weekend. some North Salem students will be transformed into rock stars.
The North Salem Rock Star Fantasy Show will be held Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Salem High School auditorium. The show is a fundraiser for the Jack Baumler/Michael Robson Music Scholarship Fund, in honor of the two boys killed during Hurricane Sandy.
"We want to give these kids the rock star star experience," organizer Roman Tytla said.
The bands, all made up of North Salem students, get videotaped and even got to interact with Dave Bickler, lead singer of Survivor. The crew for Styx tuned up the guitars and drum sets at last year's show.
"It was magical," Tytla said.
Both bands on the show play about five songs and then an encore. After the show is the most important part, as the bands host a meet and greet and sign autographs.
"You could not get the smile off their face," Tytla said. "Watching them light up, it was a life changing experience for then. We work really hard to put on a good performance.
Tytla said they wanted to keep the theme of honoring the boys killed in Hurricane Sandy. Last year's money went directly to the families impacted.
"We want to keep that theme," Tytla said.
Tytla said that any kid that wants to play in the show gets a chance to perform.
"I don't hold auditions, I hold evaluations," Tytla said. "If you can bang a cowbell to the beat, I'll find a place for you. Last year we had one kid, who didn't sing well, but he had that personality and swagger. He was running up and down the aisle, clapping his hands and getting people into it. All I ask is for their 100 percent commitment."
Tytla grew up performing music when he attended Tuckahoe High School.
"We put on a concert with no help and no mentoring," Tytla said. "We had a smoke machine. My father helped build design the logo. We were dressed like Devo. It was the 80s, man."