For Roland Greco, the lessons he learned at Clarks Green’s Our Lady of Peace (OLP) school have remained with him to this day — so much so that he is saying “thank you” in his own way.
Greco is a 2006 graduate of OLP and has since followed his passion for music, graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music this year with a double major in music production and engineering and electronic production and design. Greco, along with his band Airacuda, will return to OLP on Saturday, Sept. 6, for a fundraiser for the school’s renovation project, which began this summer. Our Lady of Peace school was built in 1954 and this is the building’s first major renovation. Officials say that the renovations will include new windows, a new front canopy and various internal cosmetic changes, including renovations to the school’s adjacent fine arts building.
Greco said that OLP taught him how to be a good person and he can’t help but want to support its renovation efforts.
“The education I had there gave me the ability to see past what I learned and open my mind up to the endless amount of new ideas and beliefs I discovered since graduating,” he said. “OLP means a lot to my family and I. I think the ideals OLP stands for are very important to this community and I would love to do anything I can to help this school grow.”
Greco said that Airacuda draws influence from the music of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin, as well as modern music. The group consists of Greco, who plays drums, guitarist Matt Fernicola, vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Matt Menges and bass and backing vocalist Eddie Takumi.
Greco explained that, for him, OLP isn’t just a “Catholic” school.
“I know people who went to OLP who weren’t even Catholic but still went because of the good morals the school can teach you,” he said. “I think everyone has a right to believe what they want to believe religiously, but they should also respect other people’s religious points-of-view. OLP teaches from an obvious Catholic background, but I think their teachings can relate to people of all religions. There are basic human principles OLP teaches that every human could benefit from; no matter what religion, race, or background they come from.”
The Airacuda concert will take place at Our Lady of Peace School, 410 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Children younger than 10 years old will be admitted for free. Food and refreshments will be for sale at the event.