Guitar Center creates a bang in Eagle County
VAIL – The Guitar Center donated nearly $3,000 in percussion instruments to Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival for use in Eagle County schools during the winter and to help supplement the festival’s Instrument Petting Zoo during the summer. Minturn Middle School, which currently does not have an instrumental music program, will use the drums as part of its arts enrichment program combining music and language arts. The instruments will also be used to help teach a free, after-school percussion program at Avon Elementary this winter.
“President Bush’s No child left behind and Eagle County’s TAP program have been detrimental to the arts in Eagle County School Districts’ classrooms,” said Liz Campbell, the festival’s director of education and community outreach. “We are thrilled to partner with the Guitar Center. These much needed instruments allow us to continue bringing music not only to the classrooms but to the community. The percussion supplies will get a lot of use throughout the year.” A collection of percussion, string, woodwind and brass instruments, the festival’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” exposes children to their first hands-on experience with real instruments. Appearing at community events throughout the Vail Valley during the summer, this traveling exhibition is popular among children and adults.
“Last summer Bravo! hosted several drumming circles that were well received in Minturn and Avon,” said Campbell. “At one point, we had over 50 people dancing around and creating an accord of music. The instruments will allow us to host drumming circles without hiring an outside consultant to bring the instruments.”The Guitar Center has supported the festival’s outreach efforts in Eagle and Lake County since 2000 by donating instruments or supplying them at cost.
“Guitar Center is delighted to be in a position to help give the gift of music to children. We enjoy being able to give back to the community and being part of this wonderful program,” said Guitar Center’s Regional Manager Tony Buffalo.The Guitar Center is the nation’s leading retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards, live-sound/DJ and recording equipment. The company presently operates 153 Guitar Center stores, with 121 stores in 49 major markets and 32 stores in secondary markets across the U.S. In the 19th year, Bravo! brings more than 40 soloists, ensembles and three resident orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic – to the Vail Valley June 28 through Aug. 3, 2006. For program details, call 827-5700.Vail Colorado