Wednesday, August 3, 2011

School house scholars that rock for a reason

     A "Rock N' Roll charity concert" was performed by “The Rouge Scholars” on July 30, at Valencia's Osceola Campus. This event worked to raise money for the “Jane Dewey/ Monty Bilyue Emergency Healthcare Services Scholarship”.

     This scholarly band, formed by Valencia professors, administrative personnel, and other musicians put on a family friendly performance with a surprising amount of talent.

     “We’ve been together for about three years now raising money for different charities, like tonight’s cause to help emergency medical student scholarships through the Valencia Foundation” said Al Groccia, a math professor and founding member of “The Rouge Scholars” band. “Were happy to be here and were gonna rock the audience tonight.”

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(Produced by James Tutten)

     The concert at the Osceola Auditorium was attended by over 40 guests some bringing their kids out to enjoy the show as well. The show started with some classic rock songs by Elvis and the Beatles, and progressed into newer songs from artists Weezer and Jack Jonson.

     Graphics behind the band displayed song lyrics for the concertgoers to participate and sing along, and included special video segments to entertain the audience.

     The band is quite literally a family, seen best in the husband and wife members, Lisa and Brian Macon.

     “At first I just came to sing for one song, but I loved it so much I just kept coming back” said Lisa Macon, Valencia professor of Information Technology and new dean for Business, and Public Service beginning in the Fall.

     “They know us professionally as college faculty, and administrators, so the fact that we are doing something in a band is usually pretty surprising” said Brian Macon, drummer for the 'Scholars', and a math professor at Valencia's Lake Nona campus, and currently “balancing work, family, my music, and working on my doctorate at UCF.”

     A large group in attendance also enjoyed the show, and the attendees felt good about contributing to the Valencia foundation.

     “I'm having a real good time, I even went up to dance a little” said student, Elizabeth Parks.

     “It’s a great show with a wide range of music selection and they really are some talented musicians” said Jack Thomas.

     The funds raised through this event go to assist with helping students to finish school and move on with their professional careers. In addition to the Valencia Foundation this band has raised money for Give Kids the World, Freedom Ride, Orange County Families in Transition, and the American Cancer Society.

     For more on “The Rouge Scholars” go to their Facebook page or email Al Groccia at To see more on the Valencia Foundation visit their website at

By James Tutten

(Published: Aug. 3, 2011 issue of "Valencia Voice" on page 1.)

(All photos by James Tutten)

Valencia math Professor, Al Groccia, starts the show with a little help.

Martin Olvera during his tribute to the king of rock Elvis Presley.

Professor and future Dean Lisa Macon sings with the 'Scholars.'

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