For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa Farmers Market sets the stage for school music groups that benefit from LBC’s instrument lending library

Santa Rosa, Calif. April 14, 2022 –Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced that four local student music groups will perform for a Music Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to noon at the Santa Rosa Certified Organic Farmers Market in its North Parking Lot at 50 Mark West Springs Road. The free event celebrates the many sounds of Sonoma County’s school music programs that benefit from LBC’s instrument lending library.

Music Appreciation Day is the first time in two years that LBC has been able to host a public Music for Schools appreciation event. Each school group will play a 30-minute set, spotlighting the instruments and music they have been learning and practicing during the academic year. Student music groups will include Mariachi Cantares de mi Tierra de LBC, LBC’s Mariachi Ensemble, Mark West Union School District Students (from Mark West, John B. Riebli, and San Miguel elementary schools), Elsie Allen High School Jazz Band, and African Drumming with LBC Teaching Artist Onye Onyemaechi, featuring students who have participated a six-week residency at Olivet Elementary, Kid Street, and Hillcrest schools.

“We want this event to be an intimate, local experience of neighbors and friends, gathering in our back yard to appreciate the music and the arts that are still accessible to them thanks in part to our instrument lending library,” said Tracy Sawyer, Community Engagement Supervisor. “We won’t have a stage or fancy sound system that day; just the kids playing their hearts out after two years of missing the public performances that reward their hard work.”

Community members are welcome to make cash donations that will benefit LBC’s Music for Schools program, which loans the musical instruments free of charge to any Sonoma County student in need, ensuring all students can participate in their school music programs.

LBC’s Music for Schools instrument lending library is funded by LBC members and donors to the Santa Rosa nonprofit’s Arts and Education Fund. For more information or to donate, visit

About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.

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