RockRoots has become a powerful tool in an arts-integrated education as a chronicle of American history, music, geography, and social culture. It is a strong musical performance, introducing a broad spectrum of musical styles performed by skilled musicians. It’s also highly interactive and entertaining, while creating school community.
RockRoots—the History of American Pop Music—was developed by teaching artist and musician Dave Fry, and has been performing in schools and at festivals for 23 years, winning PA Public Television’s Best Children’s Programming Award in 1991. The band is Dave Fry, guitar and mandolin, along with Kevin Soffera on drums, Nick Franclik on bass, and Steve Placotaris on electric lead guitar. All band members have years of stage, studio, and classroom experience. RockRoots has been on the YANJEP roster since 1991.