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A+ Dropouts / Press

“If you’re looking for a band that’s equal parts sass and class, then we’ve found what you’re looking for. We present to you the A+ Dropouts! Getting ready to rock your playlist, the A+ Dropouts have released their newest single “Boy Games.” A loud, exciting, in-your-face song, “Boy Games” will have you singing at the top of your lungs with it’s catchy beats. To celebrate the release of their single, the A+ Dropouts have released the music video for “Boy Games” as well. Sometimes school can be rough, especially with drama thrown into the mix, but the A+ Dropouts know how to cure it all with music. We know you’ll love the video, so check it out! To learn more about the A+ Dropouts, head on over to APlusDropouts.com. There you can learn about the members, including lead singer Cheska Zaide. See what other bands they’ve performed with, and where you can catch them performing next. The A+ Dropouts are the next big thing in teen rock.”

“J-14 is scouting out the hottest music around. Originally from Washington D.C., pop-punk band A+ Dropouts. Some of Cheska's musical inspirations consists of fellow rockers No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Paramore's Hayley Williams along with newcomer Tonight Alive. "Also recently I've been inspired by Tonight Alive to write more complicated guitar parts that sound awesome!" she says. "I would totally love to work with these bands in the future!" A+ Dropouts are getting ready to be a part of the LIV5 Event, a string of concerts, in the Philippines w/ Forever The Sickest Kids,The Ready Set,The Summer Set, and A Rocket to the Moon! Their single, "On Your Own", is a different take on a painful breakup. "It's basically a spin off of every other break up song, only instead of having a depressed mood, this one is about being happy for the opportunity to move forward," Cheska tells J-14.”

“Listening to the first few chords of the A+ Dropouts’ cover of “Helter Skelter” won’t necessarily produce any raised eyebrows.Just wait.Wait until lead singer Cheska Zaide wails out the opening lyrics,echoing McCartney in all the best ways.Once you remember that these Dropouts are only kids,it’s hard not to be impressed.A+ Dropouts have become local rock stars.With more than 3,200 fans on Facebook have played events like Summerfest 2010 and the National Cherry Blossom Festival,been on ABC and NBC.The band is currently vying for a spot as a finalist in the SchoolJam USA,a national contest for teenagers.With her dry sense of humor and maturity beyond her years,Cheska fits well into the role of band leader.Stylized with an emo-punk wardrobe and hyper stage persona, she helps the A+ Dropouts command the stage in a way that makes you forget you’re listening to 13-year-olds.”

“The dreams of four young teenagers are on the line: the chance to be crowned best youth band in America, and you can help.A+ Dropouts, and are competing in the National Association of Music Merchants' (NAMM) best youth band contest. The band, chosen as one of 48 nationwide semifinalists, needs to secure the #2 spot. The winners of the overall contest stand to win $5,000 for their local school's music department, a trip to Europe to perform at School Jam Germany, a chance to perform at Disney Land, $1,000 toward new band equipment.The foursome formed the A+ Dropouts just over a year ago. Zaide, lead vocalist and guitarist endorsed by Daisy Rock, approached her parents about forming a serious band to help boost her music career. Although young, the four are no strangers to the limelight. They have performed at events such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Roanoke Festival in the Park, Henrico County Kidsfest and Summerfest 2010 alongside stars such as Justin Beiber and Santana.”

“WASHINGTON - The world's largest music festival kicks off this week, and the performers include a local band that's fronted by a 12-year-old girl. Cheska Zaide of Ashburn founded the group called A+ Dropouts, and serves as its lead singer and part-time guitarist. "We play rock, more like Green Day and Paramore. You should listen to us because our original (music) captures different musical tastes," says Zaide. "I think it might be the biggest thing we're going to do for a while. It's really cool," says Zaide. "The way it feels when I'm performing in front of the crowd it's just an amazing feeling," she says. "The adrenaline comes and I get excited. And signing autographs for people is really, really cool." ”

“Justin Bieber, Santana and Carrie Underwood are just a few of the names that will play this year on one of 11 stages during the 11-day Summerfest Festival, deemed the world’s largest music festival. It will take place in Milwaukee, Wis., June 24 through July 4. Loudoun’s A+ Dropouts, a middle school band, has been invited to play as emerging artists at the US Cellular Connection Stage June 25. It all started in November 2009 when Cheska Zaide, the lead singer and guitar player from Ashburn, left another band to form a new one. ”

“Sounds of drumsticks slamming on a snare and chords emerging from picks grazing against guitar strings shook the walls of the A+ Dropout's basement practice space Tuesday morning, while the lead singer to belted out her melodic vocals in preparation for the band's performance at the musical event Summerfest. The local teen band, with a self-proclaimed "popular punk" sound, was formed in November 2009 using a name that is an oxymoron to the high grades they receive. A+ Dropouts will take the stage Friday, June 25, at Summerfest, the world's largest music festival, in Milwaukee, featuring such artists as Justin Bieber, Usher ”