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‘School of Rock’ star Brandon Niederauer, 12, talks with Kidsday

Evie Dolan, Alex Brightman and Brandon Niederauer star

Evie Dolan, Alex Brightman and Brandon Niederauer star in the Broadway production of "School of Rock." Niederauer is from Dix Hills. Credit: Matthew Murphy

I met and interviewed schoolmate Brandon Niederauer recently. Brandon is currently performing as Zack in the Broadway production, “School of Rock: The Musical,” at the Winter Garden Theatre.

When did you first start your musical career? How old were you?

I first started four years ago when I was 8.

How did you realize your musical talent?

My very first performance was when I realized that I have a lot of talent. It was only after my first year of learning guitar.

When you first got the role in “School of Rock,” what was your reaction?

I was jumping and screaming all around my house. I was probably the most excited kid in the world.

Who or what inspired you to work in this field?

My musical inspiration was The Allman Brothers Band. My father has been my main supporter and inspiration for continuing and trying my best.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

Being in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and playing my guitar.

How do you balance your school work and being a star on stage?

I go to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. At night and on Wednesdays I’m on Broadway.

Do you have any plans to continue your career?

I want to become the greatest guitarist in the world someday. I also want to have a world tour.

If you want to watch Brandon on Broadway, check out the School of Rock website (!

If you check out his website:, you will see that he has played with some incredible musical stars already, including Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Warren Haynes, and other notable musicians such as Stevie Nicks.

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