A crowd of more than 350 parents, students, teachers, alumni, and friends cheered on their fellow musicians at Ranney School’s first-ever benefit concert, Rock For Ranney, on Saturday June 3, 2017. With live performances by 15 bands, featuring students as young as Kindergarten, as well as parents and Ranney alums, the concert rocked the Tinton Falls campus for more than four hours.
Dubbed “Coachella Meets Fall Festival,” the outdoor event was sponsored by architecture firm Mancini Duffy with offices in New York and New Jersey, Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy, Robbinsville’s NorthStar Vets, Pearle Vision, Playa Bowls, Ranney family The Pepes of Atlantic Highlands, and NYS Collection Sunglasses, owned by Ranney family The Behars of Ocean. The Class of 2010’s Ross Bernstein of Outrageous Parties served as emcee and DJ for the afternoon. Music educators from Lakehouse took to the stage during two intermissions to bring children of all ages up to try new instruments—many for the first time.
Bands taking the stage included more experienced student bands, family bands, and younger growing bands. View the full lineup below. View the photo gallery above right.
Attendees had the opportunity to sample the on-site Food Trucks, featuring some of the area’s best eats, including Fed By Ed, Nettuno, Nada Nut Bakery, and Strollo’s Lighthouse. They also had fun trying Mancini Duffy’s Design Lab tent featuring virtual reality goggles, as well as face painting, a rock climbing wall, bouncy houses, and more.
The festival was chaired by Ranney parents Nancy Leidersdorff of Interlaken, SVP, Media Planning & Strategy at Nickelodeon Networks, and Carey Balogh of Red Bank, founder of Brand Groupies. Concert proceeds will benefit the school’s Parents’ Association, which leads family engagement and school-wide events throughout the year.