Keeping The Blues Alive

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KTBA Sends High School Students to WorldStrides Festival!

ELOY, AZ – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation sponsored 40 Santa Cruz Valley Union High School students as they participate in the WorldStrides Heritage Music Festival!

Young performers in middle and high school experience an unparalleled musical education at every Heritage Festival. Ensembles from all over the country will perform for nationally acclaimed adjudicators, learn from their feedback, and be inspired to new heights as a result of the entire experience. With over 25 available destinations (including San Diego), students will become exposed to new cities, environments and have opportunities to bond with their peers through music!

For students at SCVU High School, this trip will change their lives forever.

“My wonderful band and mariachi students continue to improve in performance, attitude, and service every year,” Mr. White explains. “Most of my students are latinos with low economic status. We want to attend a music festival and competition in San Diego, CA in March, 2018 as a way to motivate students to continue this improvement in the future. While we have taken trips before to California, this will be the first time we will compete against other ensembles there. My students at SCVU are bright, thoughtful, hard-working and I am honored to be their teacher.”

Since many of the students have grown up in a desert, this trip will grant them a unique opportunity to visit Pacific Beach and have dinner in Old-Town San Diego for their first time.

“On the second day, my students will have the awesome opportunity to attend an outstanding music festival where they will experience master classes with top-notch instructors and perform for judges in competition with other ensembles.  Students will also get to experience an awards dinner at Sea World, following the festival, and spend the final day at Sea World!”



Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, these students will prepare to embark on a competitive musical journey that will change their lives forever.

Mr. White expresses his gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

I am humbled and grateful for your donation. I will start Summer Band July 10 and School July 31. My students will be very pleased to know someone else cares about what they are doing. We will definitely keep you aprised of how we are progressing towards attending this festival.

With gratitude,
Mr. White

The summer is flying by! We have about 6 weeks of donations left before the school year kicks back in! If you’d like to help us reach our summer goals, please click here to make a small donation!

Thank you for helping us keep music alive in schools!

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