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Cello Rock Band Comes to MPHS April 4

03/25/2013 07:58PM ● By Anonymous

The Midland Park High School Band program with support from the MP Elementary PTA and the MP Performing Arts Parents are proud to host “BREAK OF REALITY” on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available from the High School and Elementary Band Directors or by emailing

A Founding Member of Break of Reality, Patrick Laird, is a 2003 graduate of Midland Park High School and the MPHS Music Program. Break of Reality is a cello rock band originally formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band is filling concert venues around the country with fans eager to hear their original music, as well as interpretations of music by Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. Their sound is cinematic, subdued and heavy all at once, and their live audiences are equally diverse; fans of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Yo-Yo Ma are finally getting acquainted.

Break of Reality has given hundreds of performances across the country at performing arts centers, colleges, rock clubs, and music festivals such as South By Southwest in Austin, TX. Along with performing, the group’s original music has been featured in national television programs, including Dateline NBC and America’s Investigative Reports on PBS, which went on to win an Emmy.

Through their affiliation with Pandora Radio, Break of Reality’s music has been streamed by millions of listeners around the U.S. The band’s three albums, The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), and Covers (2012), have sold over 40,000 copies worldwide.

The band is committed to music education, having performed at hundreds of public schools across the country, encouraging music students to explore all types of genres on their instruments. The band is also committed to music entrepreneurship, and has developed the Break of Reality DIY Lecture Series, which was designed to empower budding classical musicians with practical, real world music business knowledge.

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