MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON And Some Of His Famous Friends Are Offering Free Music Lessons To Kids Displaced By Coronavirus
The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, the nonprofit started in 2018 by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the "School's Out" initiative, providing free music lessons and one-on-one mentoring sessions via Skype from major artists to students stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It's not every day that kids get to jam with two of rock and heavy metal's biggest artists. But for those in the after school music program at Boston's West End House Boys & Girls Club, that's exactly what they did.
Boston's West End House Boys & Girls Club got a pretty great surprise recently when they got to jam with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and ex- Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. Ellefson and Thal jammed with the kids, talked to them about the music business and even let them play their instruments.
He may be known best as the renowned bassist for Megadeth, but David Ellefson has plenty of other irons in the fire. Curating a music label with Southwest talent? Check. Opening coffee shops and releasing a hard cider? Take a sip.
The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation has launched what the Megadeth bassist, who lives in Scottsdale, is calling the #SCHOOLSOUT initiative, offering one-on-one mentoring sessions and music lessons via Skype to students who can't go to school because of new coronavirus restrictions.
Megadeth's David Ellefson has teamed with the Grammy Music Education Coalition to host the star-studded "Oh Say Can You Stream" music benefit this Saturday (April 11). The live-streamed event will also feature appearances from members of Five Finger Death Punch ( Chris Kael), Anthrax ( Charlie Benante) and many more.
A cadre of music's heaviest hitters will lead the Grammy Music Education Coalition's nine-hour fundraising telethon, dubbed Oh Say Can You Stream, on Saturday. Alice Cooper, DMC and host Megadeth's David Ellefson will all make appearances during the broadcast, which will take place at 4 p.m. ET on several online channels.
Since schools are closed for the foreseeable future, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is kickstarting a new effort to offer free one-on-one lessons to music students. The "School's Out" initiative will pair up students, high school or younger, with metal musicians who will mentor them via Cisco.