Anthony Green, whose music releases in the screamo, acoustic alternative, indie, emo and EDM genres have earned him a massive global fan base, recently visited School of Rock Doylestown to meet, jam and share the story of his journey as a professional musician with 10 of the school’s students.
“I was pleasantly shocked at the skill level, energy and focus of the kids,” said Green, who performed seven songs from his catalog with an impromptu band of SoR Doylestown students under the name Anthony Green and the Green Man Group. “I knew they were going to be decent, but I didn’t expect their mastery of all the solos and the intricacies of the songs that we played. It was fun and really impressive.”
Green is a native of Doylestown and a graduate of La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor. He began his career as a musician in 1997 with some local friends. Over the next 26 years, he expanded his network of musical affiliations to create or join a variety of multi-genre bands, including Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, Saosin, Circa Survive, the Sound of Animals Fighting, L.S. Dunes, Audience of One, Jeer at Rome, and High and Driving.
“The School of Rock performance-based music education approach gets kids comfortable with being on stage, working as a group, and learning how to communicate their wants, needs, desires and feelings with each other,” said Green, whose four children have been students at School of Rock Doylestown. “Learning those respectful collaboration skills helps them with lots of other stuff in their lives as they get older. The school itself is also a great place for kids who might not fit in elsewhere to find friends, work hard and be themselves.”
Green’s upcoming live performances around the world include solo gigs, cruises and shows with L.S. Dunes and Saosin. He’s currently working on a new album with L.S. Dunes that will explore sounds in the “trippy and psychedelic punk” vein. In 2024, Green will begin planning special shows and a vinyl reissue of his debut album to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.