Ben Izzy, Joel
Cataldo, Helen and Cesar
Chemaly, Nancy and Yazbeck, Moussa
DeBustros, Andree and Serge
Fawaz, Ayman and Rayes, Rania
Freiha, Elise and Fuad
Hissen, Zeina and Nabil
Jordan, Frank and Barbara
Liu, Laura and Johnson, Steve
Najjar, Danice and Walid
Paul, Sarah and Rodney
Tamura, Eddy and Wagner, Susan
Watson, Karen and Todd
Yamout, Stephanie and Sani
Volunteers - 2015
We are always looking for friendly and committed volunteers to help with our events. Our volunteers assist our guests, work as hosts for the band members, help with set up and clean of the site ( recycling, composting, etc.).
Please contact me if you are able to donate a few hours, we will only succeed when more people are participating in experiencing the healing power of music.
Music Education in Local Public Schools
Studies show that music improves academic performance and that
creativity fosters learning in the developing brain. There is a growing body
of evidence which shows the positive impact of music education on student
engagement, brain function, academic achievement, and overall health.
Funding for music education however is disappearing. According to the
online journal Education Week: “When the recession arrived in 2008,
funding for music education evaporated. Within a year, legislators in
Sacramento had diverted $109 million slated for music and art programs,
forcing half of California's public schools to shutter their music programs.
As a result, there are now 700,000 fewer students enrolled in school music
classes than before the budget cuts, with California ranking last in the
nation in the ratio of music teachers to students.” In an environment of
increasingly scarce resources, the arts all too often fall into a funding gap,
and at a great cost to all. In a rapidly changing postindustrial
economy we need students who are flexible and creative thinkers, capable of adapting socially and academically. Music fosters these traits, and music education
strengthens our kids, our schools and our communities at large.
We want to thank friends a donors for their generous support.
Our inaugural concert in August 2015 and the Fall concert in October 2015 helped us raise $5000 towards our annual goal of $25,000
Contributions will go towards funding music education for a 3rd grade classroom at a local public school.
In 2015 we were able to support one individual one year scholarship by partnering with Oaktown Jazz Workshops.