Elsie Allen High School Senior Eduardo Barazza will be the first in his family to go to college. Even though he was born into poverty, his mentor and music teacher predicts he will be “a great success in life.”
A trumpet – one you may have helped lend him – paved the way for Eduardo’s unlikely success.
How? Eduardo got his trumpet in 7th grade from Music For Schools, one of the many educational programs funded by our member/donors. The only public instrument lending library in the North Bay, Music For Schools refurbishes and lends out over 400 donated instruments to aspiring student musicians like him.
Music For Schools let Eduardo realize his dream of playing the trumpet. Without the program, he and many students like him from low-income families would not be able to participate in their school music program.
“I don’t know what we’d do without Music For Schools,” says Kyle Thompson, Elsie Allen music director. He estimates 85% of his kids are using Music For Schools instruments.
Music For Schools has the power to transform lives.
The program is not just about music. It’s about what music helps young people become. Music strengthens the brain, builds character, creates opportunity and opens doors.
Eduardo’s trumpet gave him a passionate love of music, but it also gave him the chance to grow into the leader he is today.
As drum major of his school’s Marching Band, assistant conductor of its Concert Band and leader of the Jazz Band’s trumpet section, he goes out of his way to help others and raises the level of expectations for everyone around him.
“Eduardo’s leadership skills are at such a high level,” says Kyle Thompson, “he is the most skilled teacher of peers I have ever had in a class.”
Music has not only given him leadership skills, Eduardo says, it’s helped him become a confident public speaker – a skill he’ll bring with him to Sonoma State University this fall where he will major in Business and minor in Jazz Studies.
All this from the loan of a trumpet our donors made possible.
Want to get involved in Music For Schools? 1) Donate an unused instrument (call Chrystie Prokopakis at 707.800.7504 or e-mail her). We’ll refurbish it and put it to work transforming the life of a student. 2) Become a Wells Fargo Center for the Arts member. In addition to priority tickets and other benefits, you’ll help fund Music For Schools and our other Education Through the Arts programs.