A Year with Their LBC Instruments, Student Musicians Take to the Stage

LBC’s third annual Music Appreciation Day next month will celebrate the accomplishments of the 780 students who played in their school band or orchestra this year because they had access to LBC’s free Music for Schools instrument lending library.

Music Appreciation Day is free and open to the public on May 11 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will feature four local and school music programs at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market on the LBC campus. The bands performing throughout the morning include LBC’s Mariachi Los Toritos and the Mariachi Chilaquiles, Elsie Allen High School drumline and jazz band, and Mark West District choir, band, guitar, and strings students. Dancers from LBC’s first ballet folklórico class this year also will perform.

LBC’s Music for Schools instrument lending library maintains and houses more than 1200 musical instruments, most of them donated from community members throughout the North Bay and Bay Area. LBC works with local schools in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties to loan the instruments for the school year and at no cost to students who do not have access to their own.

“It’s an honor to extend the life and usefulness of someone’s much beloved and gently used instrument, especially in the hands of a child who wouldn’t learn music without it,” said Tracy Sawyer, Community Partnerships Supervisor. “We are equally honored when the community supports the students’ efforts to make the most of that opportunity and to work hard on developing new skills. Music Appreciation Day gives them that chance.”

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