Budget cuts seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. With state and local governments running on major budget deficits one of the hardest hit sectors is our schools and teachers. There have been several local rallies and protests in the recent weeks over issues of more teachers being laid off as class sizes increase and actual learn decreases, and one of the first things always on the chopping block is art programs. Music in particular always takes a big hit because its much harder to maintain music classes when you have no money to fix broken instruments or buy replacements as the kids cycle through.

Music is a HUGE part of life for everyone, even if they don’t exactly realize it, and we place so little importance on it in our schools, so when LBPP heard that Wilson High School here in Long Beach was looking to the community for donations of old keyboards so they could keep their piano classes open we though perhaps we could help by spreading the word! Below is an email from Kurt Holmes at Wilson HS telling how you can help out with your keyboard donation.

“As you know, we are in a serious budget crisis.  It is affecting many of our programs – especially the performing and visual arts programs.  We need keyboards for our piano classes.  If you have any keyboards laying around the garage or in the closet, and would like to donate it to Wilson High to ensure their use, we would be happy to take them off your hands so our kids can continue to study the piano.  If you have any questions as to how to complete this donation, email me or Mr. Holmes ([email protected] or 433-0481 X6422) and we can give you more information.

Thank you very MUCH!!!!!  The kids will really be appreciative!”
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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of LongBeachIndependent.com and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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