Grammy Award-winning 'Megadeth' rockstar visits hometown roots, gifts high school music program

He is a Grammy Award-winning bassist as a member of the 1980's and 1990's American heavy metal rock band Megadeth.

Now, David Ellefson is taking his passion for music off of the big stage with a stop in his hometown of Jackson, Minnesota, where it all began.

Inside the Jackson High School auditorium, students got a special visit and performance by a rock star. But not just any rock star...

"He's a role model basically," Jackson High School sophomore Holden Broitzman said.

David Ellefson was, many years ago, one of them.

"I moved away from here upon graduation in May, 1983," David Ellefson said. "It's been exactly 35 years. I know that because 'Megadeth' celebrates 35 years, this year."

2018 is also monumental in other ways because Ellefson is launching his youth music foundation in no other community but the one he came from.

"It's really cool. Means a lot that after everything he's done, he can come back to Jackson and appreciate where he came from," Jackson High School senior Nathan Reed said.

"A lot of things I've learned from Jackson or later in college studies, You don't really grasp the gravity of them at the time, but months and years later, you remember that form Jackson High School," Ellefson said.

Ellefson wants to help strengthen music programs in rural and underprivileged communities.

"When music programs start being diminished from public schools, that's my tribe they're essentially dismantling so I want to make sure my tribe stays together," he said.

During his visit, Ellefson gifted the high school three brand new guitars hoping to ignite the same passion he felt here many years ago.

"When you find your passion, you'll challenge yourself. When we need mentorship, instruction, proper academia, your passion provides a vision for you. When you have vision you start to see beyond what everyone sees right in front of you," Ellefson said.

Ellefson resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

To honor the occasion, the mayor of Jackson read a proclamation proclaiming Tuesday 'David Ellefson Day' in the community.