Rock For Ranney 2017!

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.

Thank You to all Our Rockin' Performers:

Ranney performers included:
  • National Anthem:  Siobhan Jones '21

  • King Gabe: Gabriel Ilomuanya '18

  • Brent Sabbath: JD Leidersdorff '25 & Ethan Bodner '25
  • The Brotendos: Benjamin Zalewski '17, Taylor Zenner '17 & Craig Callahan '17
  • Schlüsselkinder: Crosby Collins '24, Kieran Collins '25 & JD Leidersdorff '25
  • Ian Bamberger Trio: Ian Bamberger '09

  • Marlee Napuran: Marlee Napurano '91 (mom to Claire '28)

  • Flynn and Friends: Brandon Flynn '14, Taylor Zenner '17, Aidan Flynn '18, Benjamin Zalewski '17, & Craig Callahan '17
  • Leah Nawy Band: Leah Nawy '19 (listen to her new single here)
  • Pamtera: Cash Balogh '27, Christo Balogh '29

  • Whitney Kelly: Whitney Kelly '14
Littlebear: Ciano Cioffi '13, Ben Puvalowski '13, Peter Bontempo '13 & Sofia Cioffi '17

  • Sons of Mothers: Jason Woska '24, Crosby Collins '24, James Crowley '24 & John Welch '24

  • The Blue Rays: Doug Pepe (dad to Andrew '23, Desmond '25, Kira '27 & Deegan '29) featuring Siobhan Jones '21

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Shout Out to Our Sponsors!

Mancini Duffy
Lakehouse Music Academy
Pearle Vision
The Pepe Family
Playa Bowls



Event co-chairs and Ranney parents Nancy Leidersdorff & Carey Balogh

Ticket and sponsorship info, Tracy Mutchiga

Ranney School

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Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Tel. 732.542.4777
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