Megadeth’s David Ellefson jams with students at Allston’s West End House

Ellefson and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal dropped by the youth development center to talk music and careers

Credit: GRAMMY Music Education Coalition

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Hit up a local metal show at Brighton Music Hall or O’Brien’s Pub, and chances are you’ll see a dude from Allston playing bass like Megadeth’s David Ellefson. Hit up Allston’s West End House Boys & Girls Club, and chances are you’ll now see the same.

Ellefson made a recent visit to the Allston Street youth development center, teaching students how to play bass and even participating in a jam session. On his visit, Ellefson was joined by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, and a video recap of the interaction, via organizers GRAMMY Music Education Coalition, can be viewed below.

In addition to playing music, Ellefson and Thal also spoke to the students about their careers and experiences in the music industry, and a few got to try on Thal’s double-necked guitar.

The the largest youth development agency in the Allston-Brighton community, West End House annually serves more than 1,700 youth between the age of 7 and 24, coming from every Boston neighborhood (60 percent are from Allston-Brighton and 40 percent live in other Boston neighborhoods, including Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan). More than half of West End House’s membership is comprised of youth aged 13 and older, providing “high-impact programs that ensure that young people are succeeding academically, exploring and mastering the arts, developing career readiness skills and adopting healthy lifestyles.”

Props to Ellefson and Thal for making the time.