Experience Hendrix Tour, Mitchell Guitars Sponsor Guitar Giveaway
All through March and the first week of April, Janie Hendrix and a group of incredible guitarists from the 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour joined Mitchell Guitars and the Foundation for our Guitar Giveaway.

Kids and teachers from selected schools and music programs were invited on stage to receive electric guitars to the roar of an already energized crowd.

The exciting event highlighted the importance of music education and all the benefits it provides, while offering a good time to a number of very surprised music students.

Neighborhood Music School program director, Noah Bloom, says he and his music students had the time of their lives.

" It was amazing and we had a mind blowing experience. Everyone was so nice and welcoming," he says. "The concert was really educational for the aspiring musician and a fun experience."

Compass High School freshmen Lila was grateful for the guitar as many in her family wished she would pick up the instrument.

"I am thankful for this once-in-a-life-time opportunity," she says. "I've always had a passion for music and wanted to learn how to play the guitar."

Working with Experience Hendrix, LLC and Mitchell Guitars, the Guitar Giveaway was a complete success as the Foundation provided 15 guitars to young students of varying musical ability with all grateful for the generous gift and the wonderful experience.
 
Guitar Students Meet Legendary Rocker
Knowing how much George Thorogood and the Destroyers love music education, the Foundation arranged for the band to meet up with guitar students from Atrisco High School.

George and the band invited the students to sit in on a sound check at the Route 66 Casino Legends Theater and afterwards held a question-and-answer session, which provided insights into the music industry as well as how tour staff prepare for roadshows.

Atrisco High School music teacher Mark Opperman says his class will never forget the day they met the legendary rocker.

"They were absolutely glowing afterwords," he says."We appreciate George and his band sharing their time and amazing music with our guitar students today. Thank you to the Guitar Center Music Foundation for making this possible."
Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia recently developed a music program as a way to get the kids in its community off the couch and into the library. Librarian Rich Torrance is excited about the new program and thinks it's just the beginning of good things to come.

"We just started and the kids can't wait for the next lesson. They are really enjoying playing with the new guitars," he says. "We are so grateful for the support of the Guitar Center Music Foundation and look forward to a bright future with our kids."
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