Whitby School rocks (literally)

Recently the fifth to eighth grade students in Miss Zampieri’s (Miss Z’s) school of rock class at the Whitby School in Greenwich were treated to a special jam session with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus.

Joining live via Skype, Mr. Fortus was the second member from the legendary rock band to guest in Miss Z’s class. Last month, band mate Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal also Skyped in to advise students and offer guitar-playing pointers.

Classically trained in violin at age four and drums at age five, Mr. Fortus provided the class with a unique perspective from his deep and versatile musical experience.


In turn, students treated Mr. Fortus to their rendition of the legendary Guns N’ Roses hit Sweet Child of Mine and he provided feedback on his guitar as well as answered students’ questions.

Inviting noted experts to class is one of the ways that Whitby guides students to engage in learning and discover meaningful connections between their subjects and the real world.

Also joining the class was Bob Capazzo, guitarist for Fairfield County’s rock band Merlin.

Upcoming musicians slated to visit the class this semester include Chris Bishop, who was a bassist for Robert Palmer and the James Montgomery Band, and Mike Suppa, a guitarist who has performed with many notable musicians including Ace Frehley of KISS; Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Starr of Alice in Chains; as well as Roger Glover and Steve Morse of Deep Purple.

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