For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
707.800.7513

Santa Rosa, Calif. April 11, 2024 – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced its 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. “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.”

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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