Clinic to hold healthy celebration
July 29, 2011
The new Park City Clinic Building is throwing a party.
The clinic, located at 750 Round Valley Dr., at Quinn’s Junction, will present "Health Explorium: The Body Tour," which is a free, family-friendly community open house on Saturday, July 30, beginning at 11 a.m.
The 25,000 square-foot clinic building, located near Park City Medical Center, opened its doors in May. It houses the Park City Clinic, Summit Pediatrics, Peak ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat), Intermountain HealthCare offices, Applegate HomeCare & Hospice, Café Galleria and a pharmacy.
Saturday’s event will feature inflatable slides, a petting zoo, photo booth, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, wheelchair races, wood-oven-baked pizzas from Café Galleria and performances that include clogging and the School of Rock.
Tony Ollerton, general manager of the Sandy branch of School of Rock, said it’s an honor for her students to play the Park City gig.
"The clinic contacted us more than a month ago, because they saw us play somewhere else and thought it would be a great fit for our kids to come up and support a wonderful opening event such as this and we totally agreed," Ollerton told The Park Record. "We have a couple of other gigs up there, actually, so we’re planning to spend the day up in Park City."
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For the open house, School of Rock is bringing two bands one that plays classic rock and the other that plays disco and soul, she said. There will be at least 15 musicians whose ages are between 12 and 18, playing the show.
"We have a great variety of music that we can choose from with these two bands," Ollerton said. "They’re perfect for events such as grand openings, like the one coming up, and things where you want that party and celebratory feel and atmosphere."
Although the bands have a large repertoire, everything from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin to ’70’s funk and soul, the musicians will keep an open set list going into the gig.
"Depending on time, and who is in the audience, the kids play what is appropriate," Ollerton explained. "Sometimes we play it by ear and take requests, but we always try to make sure we are supporting the event and do our best to find the mood they’re looking for and need."
The School of Rock not only provides organizations such as the Park City Clinic with professional entertainment by young talent, but also provides the performers with music education.
"We have 11 music instructors who’ve had an average of 30 years of music experience," Ollerton said. "They are all performing musicians as well, and most of them have bachelors or masters degrees. They have mad life experiences behind them and street cred when it comes to the music scene."
Even if there isn’t a performance coming up, the students participate in an array of learning sessions.
"We do that through classic-rock experiences and individual lesson once a week," Ollerton said. "Then they come and meet together for rehearsal once a week where they can study a particular artist, genre or band."
The musicians study the songs for an average of 12 to 14 weeks and then put together a set list for a show, she said.
"Through the music they’re assigned for shows such as the clinic opening, they get a back-door approach to learn theory and technique," Ollerton explained. "As they prepare for the show, they learn how to not only play the songs, but give a performance.
"We provide these kids with whatever they need from us," she said. "Some are here because they want to become professional musicians and they are going to college for music or they are already picked up for a tour and a record label. Others are here because they need a healthy learning environment. Whatever the need, we find a way to make it happen."
The Park City Clinic Building, 750 Round Valley Dr., at Quinn’s Junction, will host "Health Explorium: The Body Tour," a family-friendly community open house, featuring music performed by the School of Rock, on Saturday, July 30, beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.schoolofrock.com .