OA: Samantha Stiles Column March 13, 2009

Help Save the Music at local B&B show

Everybody remembers learning to play the recorder in elementary school, right?
I know I do.

All of the students at my elementary school thought our music teacher was a bit scandalous because she smoked cigarettes in between classes out in the parking lot.

She also taught us to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Achy Breaky Heart” in class. I’m not making this up.

I can only imagine what a bunch of oblivious kids under four feet tall looked like singing along to,

“Mama, just killed a man/ Put a gun against his head/ Pulled the trigger, now he’s dead,” … you know the rest.

Regardless, I’d be much worse off without the music education I received growing up.

Something I admire VH1 for is its Save the Music Foundation.

The nonprofit organization is “dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in American public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education,” according to http://www.vh1savethemusic.com.

There is little programming-wise that VH1 and MTV do these days I consider to be significant.

The reality shows are nothing but spoiled kids and washed out celebrities. That’s not to say I don’t watch an occasional episode of “The City” when I’m feeling stressed.

But, when money is tight and things like instrument rentals and music lessons are a luxury, it’s nice to know that there are high-profile organizations continuing their efforts to fund music education, when maybe parents and schools can’t.

Locally, people can support Save the Music on Thursday, March 26 at a concert by Save the Music artist Andy Frasco and local singer Cullen Purser at Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast, 662 26 Road.

That’s right, a bed and breakfast. It’s somewhat of an unusual location for a high-profile concert, but the venue is intimate enough that it will surely be unlike any other stops Frasco makes on the benefit tour.

Frasco is a Los Angeles pop singer. He’s performing 50 benefit concerts in 60 days through 33 states. A percentage of the proceeds will go to music programs in public schools. Save the

Music currently provides grants to 72 public schools in Colorado.

According to Willow Pond, Purser — a Grand Valley native — is a member of the acoustic bluegrass band The Late Great String Band and will sing all original material.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. A $20 donation is requested, reservations are required. The concert is open to anyone age 12 and older.

Make reservations by calling 243-4958. For more information, check out http://www.willowpondbnb.com.


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