Businessman Charles C. Brennan of Las Vegas, Nevada, answers questions about Alice Cooper’s presence at the grand opening of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy.
Q: Why did Alice Cooper come to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the grand opening of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy?
Charles C. Brennan: Alice Cooper has always been a voice for helping children channel their energies into something positive. The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy closely mirrors Cooper’s own Solid Rock Foundation. As a close personal friend, Alice Cooper came to support me and the Sioux Falls Boys and Girls Club. Cooper has visited me in Las Vegas many times, and it was time to take him home!
Q: We understand that you dedicated a very special area of the Academy to Cooper.
Charles C. Brennan: We have officially named a recording studio “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” in honor of Cooper’s eighth studio album, which bears the same name. It was Cooper’s first solo album, one that spawned three top 100 Billboard hits in 1975.
Q: How is music going to make a difference for these kids?
Charles C. Brennan: That is a question with so many answers. Music is what binds us together. You can take a child from any part of the country—Las Vegas, New York City, Atlanta—and put them in a room with strangers. Music will almost always become the main topic of conversation. When social stigmas are stripped away and children are all offered the opportunity to learn together, it encourages a sense of community and teaches these kids take pride in themselves.
Q: How much does the Academy cost?
Charles C. Brennan: The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy relies on generous donations and fundraisers that are held throughout Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Las Vegas, Nevada. We do not charge children for these services, which include music lessons and the use of top-quality instruments.
Q: Do you expect all of these children to become famous musicians?
Charles C. Brennan: Absolutely not. The point isn’t to become rich and famous. The point is to keep them off the streets and keep them focused on something positive in life whether it is music, college or athletics.