DAVID ELLEFSON YOUTH MUSIC FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES “SCHOOL'S OUT” INITIATIVE PROVIDING ONE ON ONE MENTORING SESSIONS AND MUSIC LESSONS FROM CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF MEGADETH, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GUNS N’ ROSES, BLACK STAR RIDES AND MORE TO KIDS DURING COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS.

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.

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. 

The video sessions will be held by top Rock and Metal artists including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jimmy Degrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N’ Roses), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking with Lions), Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head), Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper),  Brandan Schieppatti (Bleeding Through), Thom Hazaert (Ellefson), Alex Snowden (Doll Skin), Sydney Dolezal (Doll Skin), and more to be announced.  READ MORE

I used to sit in that school in Jackson, Minnesota, in that high school, at those desks, and dream about the day that I could go hopefully be a rock star and come back into town, and that day has happened. And it’s interesting that when you go through the things you do in a band and just this ride to get to the top of your field, when you get there, it’s very different than when you thought it was when you’re trying to get there or when you had dreamed of being there. And for me, to be honored with the day is wonderful, but I don’t want it to be just a prideful moment. I’m proud of the moment, but I want it to be something where it gives me an opportunity to do something with all of the things I’ve collected in my career and give back, and that’s why I formed the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation.

The idea was to form a non-profit that we can use to raise money to give grants, scholarships and instruments to both individual students, and school music programs. Largely in America, when budget cuts come, the music and the arts go first, and they keep the football teams and the sports, but things like music, which is also very intrinsic with mathematics and things like that, they get cut. And, to me, when they’re taking those programs away, this is what we live for, this what turns our engine on in the morning and gets us excited. So, if our music foundation can help put instruments, education, and wind in the sails of these music programs in need, then I think that’s all we can hope for.