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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 21: Musician David Ellefson of Megadeth performs at the Gibson Amphitheatre on October 21, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Megadeth’s David Ellefson’s Youth Music Foundation’s “School’s Out” initiative provides online music lessons to children during the coronavirus quarantine, and now the organization has teamed with the Grammy Music Education Coalition to host the “Oh Say Can You Stream” live-streamed music benefit this Saturday, April 11. The event will feature appearances from Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch, Alice Cooper and Charlie Benante of Anthrax, among over 40 other musicians.

Foundation co-chair Thöm Häzäert, who is also the singer in Ellefson’s solo band, said in a press release, “David and I were brainstorming on ways to give back during the COVID epidemic and put some positivity out in a time of some pretty unparalleled crisis and uncertainty. The mission of our foundation is to try and help keep music in schools, but what happens when kids can’t go to school? As I’m sitting home with my 2 restless kids, in basically forced exile, it kinda hit me.” He adds, “We started talking about David doing a few online lessons with kids, via the foundation, and then got around to the idea of recruiting some of our other friends as well.”

Ellefson added, “When one person suffers, we all suffer, and this is an unprecedented moment in history when all of us around the world are united for a common cause. Music and the arts have always been some of our greatest healers… As we reach into each other’s souls with resounding hope, I’m forever thankful to our friends in the creative community who have kindly offered their expertise to put a smile on the faces of so many people in need right now. Let this be a time when we can all unite under the banner of Music and let our creativity lead the way. ”

You can watch the event on Ellefson’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation’s Facebook page, or the Grammy Music Education Coalition’s Twitch and Facebook pages.

Here is a list of the musicians and actors participating in the event, according to the organization’s website.

Alice & Sheryl Cooper
Dash Cooper
Daniel de los Reyes (Zac Brown Band)
John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band)
Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
Mark Slaughter
Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick)
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC)
Danny Cooksey (Terminator 2, Salute Your Shorts)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth)
Mark “Weissguy” Weiss (photographer)
Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth)
Marc Rizzo (Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy)
Frank Hannon (Tesla)
The Loyal Order
Andre Comeau (The Real World NYC/Musician)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies)
Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah)
Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
Daniel de los Reyes (Zac Brown Band)
John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)
Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th)
Adam Green (Director – Hatchet, Horror Legend)
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Chip Znuff (E’Nuff Z’Nuff)
Rich Ross – (Freddy Jones Band)
Pj Farley (Trixter, RA)
Chris Aiken (Strung Out)
Greg Hetson (The Circle Jerks)
Drew Fortier (Dwellers – Ellefson Films)
Dson (Rapper)
Terry Ilous (XYZ, ex-Great White)
Rusty Cooley
Dave Alvin (White Trash)
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Scott Schiaffo (Clerks/Vulgar, musician, author)
Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks)
Brian O’ Halloran (Clerks, Clerks 2, Jay and Silent Bob)
Ernie O’Donnell (Clerks, Chasing Amy)
Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi – Seinfeld, Austin Powers)
Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, The Devil’s Rejects, 31)
Stephen Costantino (Gamorrean Guard – Return of the Jedi)
Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra)