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Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) And Counting Crows Prepare For World Tour - With The Help Of G-Star Students!

August 01, 2016

Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) and Counting Crows
Prepare For World Tour - With The Help Of G-Star Students !

“It’s a privilege to be here,” says Rob Thomas’ Production Manager!

Palm Springs, FL (August 1, 2016) – G-Star Studios played host to Counting Crows and Rob Thomas as they prepared for their upcoming U.S. tour.  Dozens of G-Star students aided the crew in the set up and tear down of sound, video and the instruments needed to make the rehearsal possible - 6 semi-trucks in total!  In addition, over 100 G-Star X-Scream summer camp participants were given the opportunity to view the production. Students were brought into the Sound Stage in small groups expecting to be limited to the back of the room for a brief look.  However, that was not the way Rob Thomas' crew and band members decided it should go!  Each group was treated to a true "behind the scenes" experience with road personnel showing them how the tour went together, how it worked and what it took to make the show happen.  Some students were actually given the chance to pick up and play the bands' instruments!  To top it all off, Rob's Production Manager had Rob and the band autograph a table top donated to the school by the crew (see photo below).  Rob and his entourage were incredibly open and caring, making the students experience a true "once in a lifetime" experience.  “This place is awesome!” said Rob Thomas, formerly of Matchbox 20 and lead singer/writer for Carlos Santana’s mega-hit Supernatural - Smooth.  “These are great kids.  I truly enjoyed talking to them.  I’m definitely looking forward to coming back.”  Production Manager Andrew Crow said, “Where was this place when I was going to high school?  I would have gone here in a heartbeat.  What you have here is incredible!”

The G-Star Studios, owned and operated by the G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts, continues to be very busy this summer and so have the G-Star students.  Starting with a multi-million dollar NIKE commercial starring Tiger Woods, Michele Wie, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, 120 G-Star students were on set meeting and working with the cast and crew.  Then Midas Muffler had over 50 students build a scene for a national commercial about helping feed hungry children.  G-Star high school students joined G-Star Alumni in their first full-length feature film titled, The Awakening, while several short films were shot by students from Palm Beach State College and Florida State University with G-Star students on board.


Greg Hauptner
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About: G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts (www.GStarSchool.org) is a public high school located in Palm Springs, Florida, founded in 2003 by the school's CEO Greg Hauptner.

G-Star students come from across Palm Beach County as well as from all over the world to attend this school. Students study in the fields of film production, 3-D animation, and acting. Students that attend must take art classes as well as their normal academic classes. G-Star offers a complete college preparatory education with honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, and the International Baccalaureate World School Programme. The school also trains students in Writing, Directing, Producing, Acting and all aspects of film and TV production in front of the camera and behind the camera.

Accolades: G-Star has been awarded the prestigious title of “High Performing High School” by the Florida Department of Education for 7 years in a row. It is academically in the top 1.2% of all high schools in the nation according to the Washington Post. The U.S. News & World Report named G-Star one of "The Best High Schools in America". G-Star was awarded "The Number One High School for Film in the World" in London by the Raindance Film Festival, Europe's largest independent film festival. G-Star graduates 99% of its students with 97% going on to college. G-Star students have been accepted into Juilliard, Oxford University (England), West Point, Naval Academy at Annapolis, NYU, USC, UF, FSU, UM and many more. Where are our graduates today? Here's a brief list: Sound Engineer for the Jimmy Fallon Show, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, Disney, reality star of Syfy Channel's FACE OFF, Jim Henson's Creature Shop (Muppets), Hulu, several own their own production companies, traveling the world doing documentaries, and much more. G-Star has partnered with the Palm Beach International Film Festival as their mission aligns with dedication to making a difference in the lives of future filmmakers.