HOLMBERG: Short Pump’s School of Rock lights up Capital Ale House downtown

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jan 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-23 23:41:21-05

SHORT PUMP, Va. --The hard news story I was working on Friday night hit a snag – (yay!) – so I got to slip into the music hall at the Capital Ale House downtown on E. Main Street to film the kids of the Short Pump School of Rock do a bunch of old Queen songs to an absolutely packed house.

As a rocker myself (ahem) and a parent, I could feel the pleasure and pressure of being  parents watching their kids onstage.


And having watched Jack Black’s semi-iconic movie “School of Rock” a few times, I was wondering how a big night on a pretty big stage would play out for the young-uns.

Fear not! Not only was it a really strong show musically and fun to watch and film, I got to meet some young kids who have harnessed the power of music to orient themselves in very positive way.

As Parker Alter, co-owner of the Short Pump franchise, said, it’s not just a school of rock, it’s a school of life built on relationships forged through music and performing.

“They really do take care of each other,” she said. “They’ve become a family. We’re a big rock family.”


Hope you check out the video. Pretty sweet.

And the School of Rock performs again tonight (Saturday) at the Capital Ale House downtown, this time songs from  the Rolling Stones, the Goo Goo Dolls and the Foo Fighters.

Click here for more information about the School of Rock.