In 2005, an idea to take quality musicians into schools and deliver an inspiring music show to children, became reality. Armed with a fun name and educational content, the show hit the schools!
OzRockStar is a team of professional musicians currently active in today’s music industry. Our members have, over the years, been involved in all aspects of music from recording and song writing, to touring and television. Our mission is to deliver an exciting, engaging and inspiring educational music show to as many school children as possible, at an affordable cost.
Our business comprises 6 staff - 5 working musicians (see below biographies) and a qualified teacher/education consultant who works behind the scenes to help write and continually improve the show’s accompanying educational activities, materials and scripts. All activities and materials are designed to enhance and support the Victorian Essential Learning Standards Curriculum.
OzRockStar has been working Primary Schools with its ‘Rock Kids' show. This show is an interactive performance that explains the logistics, history and style of modern music within the format of a rock concert.
‘Rock Kids’ (for Yrs P-6) provides students with a unique opportunity to venture into the inner workings of a rock band - how the bass and drums work together as the rhythm section, what guitar sounds can be created using effects, how voice is used to sing melody or harmonies, plus the keyboard’s role in a band (if 5 piece show option is selected). The show touches on the following elements of rock music:
- - equipment, instruments and their sounds
- - layering of instruments to create an overall soundscape
- - the rock style (as compared with other musical styles)
- - era/style/costume
- - music as a career choice
Show duration is 60 mins (50mins plus 10 min Q&A)
Paul Miller (Millzy) founder of OzRockStar, began playing the Melbourne pub rock scene at age 18. He went on to enjoy success in both original and cover bands. He toured in ‘Among Thieves’ with Daryl Braithwaite and Ian Moss, and also played the club scene with 70’s funk bands ‘Stereo KC’s’ (with Mark Stevens – ex ‘Neighbours’) and ‘Funk You’ (with Scott Carne - ex ‘Kids in the Kitchen’). His TV appearances include ‘Hey Hey Its Saturday’ and ‘Good Morning Australia’. Paul currently works the country’s festivals and clubs in the Elvis Tribute show ‘Elvis Leaves his Mark’.
Veronica Lees (V) daughter of renowned international tenor Ron Lees, has been performing as a professional vocalist for 25 years. Veronica has worked both in Australia and overseas, as well as touring with overseas artists that visit our shores. As a regular performer on ‘Good Morning Australia’, ‘IMT’, ‘Hey Hey Its Saturday’ and the Denise show, Veronica enjoys entertaining audiences everywhere and is one of Melbourne’s most sought after entertainers.
Elliott Folvig (Ell) attended the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in classical guitar before studying Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts with Ren Walters. He plays a wide variety of styles both acoustically and electrically and has performed at virtually all of Australia's major venues and festivals. Elliott has composed music for theatre and film including the AFI nominated short film ‘The Only Person in The World’. Elliott has been an educator and organiser in the Improvisation scene in Melbourne for many years.
David Gale (Galesy) From the big band swing feels of Dean Martin to the pulsating driving 70’s rock of Elvis Presley, and everything in between, Dave provides the tight driving force for the show. He has been playing drums for over 15 years in every style imaginable and currently works for many of Melbourne’s Top 40 and corporate groups including ‘The Baker Boys’ and ‘Elvis Leaves his Mark’.
Jack Leftley (The Kid) Keyboardist/Vocalist and Musical Director, Jack, the youngest member of OzRockStar, has toured the country performing with several top tribute shows including ‘Diamond The Ultimate Tribute’ (Neil Diamond), ‘Walkin the Line’ (JohnnyCash), ‘Elvis Leaves his Mark’ (Elvis Presley) and ‘InVogue-The Madonna Experience’. He has supported international artists as a session musician and owns and runs a recording studio, producing and engineering recordings for bands and solo artists.