David Ellefson, the acclaimed Megadeth bassist and patron of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, has tonight announced details of his ‘SCHOOL’S OUT’ initiative to provide one to one mentoring sessions to students unable to school during the current crisis.
Featuring a host of major Rock and Metal artists, this is a unique opportunity for our up and coming stars of the future to receive a helping hand on the ladder to success.
Thöm Häzäert tells us “David and I were brainstorming on ways to give back during the COVID epidemic, and put some positivity out in a time of some pretty unparalleled crisis and uncertainty. The mission of our foundation is to try and help keep music in schools, but what happens when kids can’t go to school?
“As I’m sitting home with my 2 restless kids, in basically forced exile, it kinda hit me. We started talking about David doing a few online lessons with kids, via the foundation, and then got around to the idea of recruiting some of our other friends as well.”
Ellefson added “When one person suffers, we all suffer, and this is an unprecedented moment in history when all of us around the world are united for a common cause. Music and the arts have always been some of our greatest healers in a way none other can.
“As we reach into each other’s souls with resounding hope, I’m forever thankful to our friends in the creative community who have kindly offered their expertise to put a smile on the faces of so many people in need right now. Let this be a time when we can all unite under the banner of Music and let our creativity lead the way. ”
Artists already signed up include:
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Jimmy DeGrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper)
Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking With Lions)
Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, Ex-Machine Head)
Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth)
Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head)
Alex Snowden (Doll Skin)
For more details, visit Ellefson Youth Music Foundation