By Mary Smith
“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.”
Believe it or not, we have a rocker in our midst.
Meet Sierra-Jewel Chappie, one of the most punk rock girls around. She is a junior here at MCHS. Sierra is in marching band, concert band, and jazz band. Every week, she attends School of Rock sessions in Bentonville, Arkansas, for a chance to drum in a whole new way.
If you’ve seen the School of Rock movie starring Jack Black, you know that any student can pick up a guitar and automatically know all the chords, right? Well, that isn’t really true. The rockers at Bentonville’s School of Rock work hard every week to make sure that their skills are top notch, even though they all have insane amounts of natural musical talent. Below is a photo of Sierra rocking out on the drums at a SoR concert.
I asked Sierra a few questions about her experiences just to gain insight on what it’s like to live a life full of sweet guitar riffs and cheering crowds.
M: How did you get involved with School of Rock? S: “I wanted to do something more with music, and rock is my favorite to play and get into. I found out about School of Rock from my kindergarten teacher. Her two twins are in it and informed me all about it.”
M: What’s your favorite thing about it? S: “My favorite thing about SoR is the friends and support you get from the other band members. They have so much dedication and love for the music, the playing, and the people.”
I’ve personally been to a Bentonville School of Rock concert (one is held every single “season”), and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The rock stars were every age from about 6 to 18 years old, and they were playing Green Day, Metallica, and other hits. Not only did the performers look like they were having the time of their lives, the audience loved it, too.
M: What’s the coolest thing you’ve done at School of Rock? S: “The coolest thing I have done is perform at the same show that Dalton Rapattoni (the third place finalist for Season 15 on American Idol) performed at.”
M: What season are you working on right now? S: “The season I am currently in is titled Hair Metal. I’ve been casted on Detroit Rock City by KISS and Roller by April Wine. There will be more castings for songs next week that I’m really excited for.”
Sierra also makes lots of friends at School of Rock. They are super talented and can usually play more than one instrument, not to mention that they’re all funny and have great tastes in humor.
M: Introduce us to one of your School of Rock friends! S: “One of the first people I met at SoR is a girl named Natalie. She plays the guitar, bass, and she sings. She’s really cool and in my opinion, she’s probably one of the best singers from SoR. She’s a freshman at Fayetteville High School and her favorite songs to sing or play include Dirty Deeds by AC/DC and Turn Into by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”
Natalie is pictured above with a big grin and some peace signs.
Not only does Sierra play the drum set like a pro, she also dyes her hair several crazy colors (and always pulls it off). She’s dyed her hair blue, green, pink, turquoise, purple, and red.
M: What color do you want to dye your hair next? S: “I want to dye my hair a deep sand-art type of mix with cool colors like blues and purples.”
She also likes Vans, Doc Martens, and Converse. She loves band shirts, naturally.
Another really awesome thing about Sierra is her music taste. Sierra likes all kinds of genres, from Alt-J to Savant to Young the Giant. Some of the best songs that I listen to are songs that she has sent me. A lot of times she finds songs because she plays them at her SoR concerts. Want an example? Check out songs by The Raconteurs and Foo Fighters.
M: Who are some of your favorite musicians or bands? S: “My favorite bands would be Black Sabbath, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or Pink Floyd because they all have unique sounds. I especially love the bass player Flea from RHCP.”
M: What would you say is the most unique quality about you? S: “I don’t really know, but my friends say drumming and my hair.”