All Stars bassist Max Bouvrie, who studies at the North Hollywood school, worried about smudging "the make-up the lady put on me" before the ABC taping but afterward was all smiles. "School of Rock puts a huge emphasis on respect," the 15-year-old says. "When someone else is talking, you don't play. When someone else is playing solo, you step back.... All these things blatantly play a role on stage, but even more so in the real word. It's how you should act in school or when you walk down the street."
The new West L.A. site resides in a one-story, stand-alone stucco structure, shadowed by office towers due west of the Wilshire Corridor. Daniel Leanse, the executive director for the Westside school, is a former New Christy Minstrel who was most recently the cantorial soloist at Village Temple in New York City. "I coached hundreds of kids for B'nei Mitzvah," says Leanse, who studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music and has always kept a hand in the secular music world. "When I saw School of Rock, I thought, I've had all this fun and success teaching kids something they don't really want to do; how much fun would it be to teach them to play rock 'n' roll?"