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School of Rock students are playing Crohn's fundraiser

The first gig for Spare Change, a local boy band, will be for a good cause. They’ll perform next month at an Amityville fundraiser to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

After studying and performing for several years with the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Melville, the five members of Spare Change, ages 9 to 12, decided to start their own rock band this summer.

“While the members of Spare Change are young in years, they are veterans on the stage,” said George Rogu, the father of two band members.

The band was invited to perform at the fundraiser, Rogu said, because of their talent and compassion for others.

“These kids can perform wherever they prefer, but helping out an important cause is very meaningful to them,” he said.

Rogu’s son Peter, a seventh grader at Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills, is the band’s leader and guitarist. Younger brother Teddy, plays keyboard and provides vocals; he is a fourth grader at Otsego Elementary School in Dix Hills. Nico Marulli and Jordan Trichon are sixth graders at West Hollow Middle School in Melville. Nico is the lead vocalist and can also be found on drums and guitar. Jordan is the band’s drummer, vocalist and keyboardist. And Reese Alexander Ortenberg, who attends fourth grade at Old Bethpage Elementary School in Old Bethpage, plays guitar and bass.

At the event, the boys will perform mostly classic rock songs, such as “Jump” by Van Halen, “Cryin’” by Aerosmith, “Highway Star” by Deep Purple and “She’s So Cold” by The Rolling Stones.

“These children all seem to have the same musical influence. They play the music their parents and some grandparents listened to,” George Rogu said.

Rogu, a pediatrician and founder of the adoption consultation and medical service Web site adoptiondoctors.com, said, “The organizer of the event’s son has Crohn’s disease and his nephew and several relatives suffer from colitis. As a physician I treat many patients that have these diseases and I have a number of family and friends that suffer from one of these diseases as well.”

The fundraising event is Nov. 10, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Ollie’s Point, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. (The following day is Veteran’s Day and most kids are off from school.) Two other bands, DiStracted and Word of Day, also composed of talented Long Island youths, are scheduled to perform as well.

Tickets are $10 in advance; call 516-868-5117 or e-mail pgmboy@aol.com.

Tags: Dix Hills , Melville , good deeds

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