Watching Luis Lopez lead the talented Elsie Allen High School Jazz Band from behind his drum set is inspiring. Luis enjoys helping the younger musicians in the band become better players and relishes his role as a mentor and leader.
Music has made a huge difference in Luis’s life.
“In the past, there were times I wasn’t on the right path,” he says, “but music has taught me how to be better at everything – from public speaking to leadership.” He will be going to the Santa Rosa Junior College to study engineering and minor in music this fall.
Luis is loaded with heart and musical talent – originally a sax player, he taught himself how to play drums last year simply by watching the previous drummer.
However, without the loan of instruments from Music For Schools, one of our Education Through the Arts programs made possible by our members, donors, and sponsors, he could have missed out on the chance to participate in his school’s music program and realize his remarkable potential.
“Music For Schools gives young people the chance to have music in their lives and that can change everything,” he says. Luis has plans to one day give back by helping introduce young kids to music and get them started early.
Watch Luis at his drums and talking about leadership in this short video on the Elsie Allen Jazz Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRYbEcUa2Rg
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 educational programs.