School of Rock coming to Tahoe |

School of Rock coming to Tahoe

Rick Chandler

Call it the School of Rock.

On Saturday, June 30, get ready for some advanced studies in roll ‘n’ roll, as Ed and The Educators perform at Tahoe Underground, with a second show at the Beacon at Camp Richardson on Sunday, July 1.

The Stockton foursome really are teachers — all at the high school level — who spend their summers rocking out at gigs throughout Northern California.

“It started four years ago, when they had a battle of the bands at my high school,” said Ed Bonilla, who is the lead singer for Ed and the Educators. “I was in a punk band at the time called Nice Tries. I knew that some of my friends at other schools were into music, so I sent out an e-mail asking who would be interested in playing at this event. They had never had a teacher band enter before.”

Bonilla got a good response, and Ed and the Educators was born. And they had so much fun that they decided to start playing professionally, which they have done for the past year.

“We’re really looking forward to coming to Tahoe, it’s a big deal for us,” he said. “I hear that the Tahoe Underground is a really great place.”

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The performance at the Beacon will be part of an afternoon beach party.

The band, whose music runs the gamut from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zepplin to Johnny Cash, reggae and the blues, consists of Bonilla, fellow English teacher Paul Griley (bass). PE teacher and track coach Craig Pearce (drums) and alternative education teacher Clint Menasco (guitar). Check them out at