Christian nonprofit FuzeBox 95 gives kids music lessons for free

Pastor Darin Pace leads some children in a jam at FuzeBox 95, 1650 U.S. Highway 50, a youth outreach center that offers free music lessons.

John David loves music and wants to play in a band someday.

The Grand Junction 12-year-old would particularly like to play in a certain band.

“The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is really good,” he said. “I’d like to play in it someday.”

Music instruments and lessons aren’t cheap, but John’s mother found a place he could take guitar lessons for free: FuzeBox 95 Music Center, 1650 U.S. Highway 50, next to the Eagle’s Lodge. FuzeBox 95 is a Christian, nonprofit, youth-outreach organization set up by City Church Ministries Pastor Darin Pace and his wife, Amy.

City Church Ministries is a Pentecostal denomination that has 14 people in attendance each Sunday, Darin Pace said.

The basis of the music center’s name is derived from the Bible and Psalm 95, which states, ‘Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.’

“We wanted to do something different,” Pace said. “We want to do drums, bass and keyboard. We’d like them to get used to playing in a band.”

Pace took lessons since he was 7 years old, but he didn’t start playing in a band until he was 18.

Pace said he was “saved” in 1991 after he left the military. He attended a Sozo Bible Institute in Greensburg, Ind., and got a degree in biblical studies. He was an assistant pastor in Batesville, Ind., from 1995 to 1998 and a youth pastor at a Foursquare Church in Delta, Utah, from 1998 to 2001. He moved to Grand Junction in 2001 and met his wife.

“I love children,” Amy Pace said. “I struggle with kids and TV and games. I took the TV out of the house when we started this.”

They started FuzeBox at the first of the year and had a fundraiser Easter Egg hunt at Duck Pond Park last month. More than 100 children participated in it, Darin Pace said. Several local businesses donated gift certificates.

The Paces are planning to participate in the World’s Greatest Yard Sale in August at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

FuzeBox 95 offers games, crafts, Christian lessons, early-school-release activities and confidence-building activities with the free guitar lessons for children ages 6 to 18 from 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Private lessons are available from 2-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

John David has been taking lessons there for several weeks and already has his own guitar, which he paid for by doing chores at home.

“I’ve always wanted to play the guitar,” he said. “I think it’s cool. It’s been a long time, I’ve wanted to learn (the guitar).”

Nine children currently are taking lessons. Most of them live on Orchard Mesa, but some come from the Redlands, Fruitvale and Clifton, Darin Pace said.

“We’ve always wanted to stay focused on Orchard Mesa,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like there is a lot here for the kids.”

The Paces teach various genres from rock to blues and country. They play Christian music and encourage children to bring music as long as it’s not derogatory.

They have nine guitars in stock and help children earn their own music instrument.

They have other events planned, such as Movie Mondays on a big screen in Duck Pond Park. They hope to raise money to take children to Night Vision, a Christian music festival in Olathe in July.

The Paces hope to open FuzeBox weekdays in the summer for children. They have a licensed day care provider on hand, and Amy Pace has worked in day care as well.

The Paces are looking for other worship leaders/music instructors for FuzeBox.

For more information on FuzeBox 95 call 433-7446 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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