Roses Guitarist Bumblefoot Partners with Gibson and National
Nonprofit Little Kids Rock to Deliver Guitars to Schools Affected by
Gibson donates $75,000-worth of electric guitars to help alleviate damage from Hurricane Sandy and restore music education to schools in the tri-state area benefitting from Little Kids Rock’s free programming.
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
On Wednesday, May 1st, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, lead guitarist from legendary hard rock band, Guns N’ Roses, will jam with students at Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx, which is participating in the free Little Kids Rock music program. Moreover, Bumblefoot will be arriving with free guitars for the students, courtesy of Gibson.
The guitars are part of a donation of over $75,000-worth of electric guitars that Gibson made to the national non-profit organization, Little Kids Rock, and distributed to schools affected by Hurricane Sandy throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Newark and Jersey City communities.
Little Kids Rock, the United States’ leading nonprofit provider of music education and free instruments to public school children, is currently reaching over 109,000 children with weekly music lessons amidst budget cuts that are eliminating music education from some of the nation’s most disadvantaged public schools. More than 24,000 current Little Kids Rock students are being taught in 240+ New York/New Jersey schools in communities that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Bumblefoot and Gibson have partnered with Little Kids Rock in this initiative to help ensure that these classrooms do not remain silent due to the damages of the hurricane this past fall. Bumblefoot will help deliver some of these guitars to a Little Kids Rock class at Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx where he will engage in a Q&A session, as well as a jam session with the students.
“Little Kids Rock is so grateful to Gibson for their generous donation to our children, and to Bumblefoot for helping us inspire children and transform their lives by giving the gift of music,” says Little Kids Rock founder and executive director, David Wish, who founded Little Kids Rock in 2002. “Music changes children, and children change the world.”
WHAT: Bumblefoot to help deliver $75,000-worth of electric guitars donated by Gibson to Little Kids Rock schools affected by Hurricane Sandy.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 1st, 3-4pm
WHERE: Mott Hall Community School (650 Hollywood Ave., Bronx, NY 10465)
Media are invited to attend and film. Please contact keith(at)littlekidsrock(dot)org.
About Little Kids Rock:
About Ron “Bumblefoot”
Thal: Solo artist, producer & lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses:
Bumblefoot has collaborated as a songwriter/producer with many artists, his music often heard in TV, film and videogames including theme songs to SpikeTV's "MXC" and VH1's "That Metal Show", So You Think You Can Dance, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, UFC, WWE, NFL, dozens of MTV/VH1 shows and more. Bumblefoot has appeared on stage with Joe Satriani, Nancy Sinatra, Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Jericho & Fozzy, Cyndi Lauper, jazz artist Allen Toussaint, members of Badfinger, Paul McCartney & Wings, and on recordings with diverse artists such as Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess, Anvil's Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Jessica Simpson, rapper Scarface, comedian Don Jamieson and many more.
Studying music since
age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has
taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches
master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been
a guest music coach on MTV's "Made". Bumblefoot is continuously
donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making
appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He often
performs at events for medical research, disaster relief, and
children's health issues, visiting patients at children's hospitals
all over the world with guitar in hand.