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The Forrestdale School Bulldogs were excited to accept the donation of Charlie Puth’s piano from his home recording studio. The piano has found its permanent home in Mrs. Leutz’s Music Classroom, a room Puth sat in while attending Forrestdale until 2006; ultimately graduating from Rumson-Fair Haven High School in 2010. As students enter the room for their weekly music classes, Mrs. Leutz jokes, “Just touch it and it will bring the magic of music to your fingers. You, too, may be famous someday.” Puth recorded and produced his own Holiday album when he was at Forrestdale, in the sixth grade. By selling copies door to door in Rumson, he made $600, which he donated to a local charity. Shortly after that, he started writing songs of his own and posted them to YouTube along with covers of other popular songs.
While at Forrestdale and RFH HS, Puth attended the Manhattan School of Music as a jazz piano major and a classical studies minor. With a major in music production and engineering, he graduated in 2013 from the Berklee College of Music. Charlie Puth’s debut album ‘Nine Track Mind’ peaked at Number 6 on the US Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, ‘Marvin Gaye’ which was released in February 2015, proved to be a huge hit in several countries, standing at Number 21 on US Billboard Hot 100. In 2015, Puth hit number one on the charts with Wiz Khalifa , for See You Again’. Another single ‘One Call Away’ was also a huge hit, standing at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100.During the annual Forrestdale School overnight camping trip last year, the staff and students payed homage to Puth, by changing the words to his song, ‘One Call Away’ to describe their experience during their campfire skit night.
Puth stays in touch with his Forrestdale Music Teachers, Mr. John Lebitsch and Mrs. Valerie Wagner. Two years ago, Puth surprised Rumson students for Music Appreciation Month, and played piano and sang for the school during an assembly program. Forrestdale is so grateful to the Puth family for their generosity in donating the instrument to the school district and for Charlie’s continued support of music in our school!