High Schoolers Move Beyond Musicals

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(NewsUSA) - The movie "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" made headlines when it made $42 million in ticket sales in its first three days. But young musicians aren't all about gee-whiz innocence and Broadway-style choreography. In fact, some serious musicians have yet to take the SATs.

History suggests that young artists can form legendary acts. Just look at U2, a band largely considered to be one of the best rock acts in music history. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen started playing together as high schoolers, in a Beatles and Rolling Stones cover band.

The OC Music Fest, a three-day music festival that expects to attract 20,000 to 60,000 fans to Irvine, Calif. in May 2009, committed to supporting up-and-coming new acts. Many of the bands that will play the OC Music Fest have at least one member still in high school.

Last Minute Band brings youthful energy to every stage that they play. Founding members Paul Runco and Ryan Pino have been playing together since they were in the 7th grade. And while the members of another band, Kiven, are freshmen at the University of Southern California, drummer Teddy Boldt still attends El Toro High School. Members Chris Yeo, Chad Young, Sean Alexander and Chris Schultz all started out as young musicians.

In addition to Kiven, The Jonas Brothers are also a young group. The youngest of the brothers, Nick, 16, has yet to graduate high school, but that hasn't stopped him from writing mature, emotional lyrics. One of the song's on the Jonas Brothers' latest album, "A Little Bit Longer," talks about Nicholas' struggle with Type 1 diabetes.

The Raymies, a band that has played several large shows and appeared on the show "According to Jim," has members still in grade school. Bassist Justine Ruiz, age 12, might have played onstage with the Beach Boys and John Stamos, but on her blog, she writes about English class and meeting her teachers. "My goal is to keep a clean and organized locker all year. No trash pushed to the back. Ha ha!"

Other bands got their start while in high school. The members of Eve 6, which disbanded in 2004, are planning to return to the music scene. The band created its first hit, on its self-titled debut album, while all of its members were still in high school.

For more information, please visit www.ocmusicfest09.com.

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High Schoolers Move Beyond Musicals

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