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Bluegrass rooftop concert to benefit MDUSD music programs

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 8:04 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Music.

If you like stomping your feet to fiddle and banjo music, then you won’t want to miss the “Bluegrass Benefits Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation” concert for music programs in Mt. Diablo schools.

In partnership with Brenden Theatres, the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation (MDMEF) will present the benefit from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 on the third floor of the theatre’s parking structure at 1985 Willow Pass Road in Concord.

The event will feature bluegrass bands Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and Oak Grove.

It is planned to bring attention to and raise funds for MDMEF Music Education Grants for schools in the Mt. Diablo School District, according to a news release.

Tickets cost $10 for teens and adults or $5 for children under 12. You can pay at the door.

Here’s the schedule:

1:30-2 p.m.: Bring your instruments to play along during a Bluegrass Workshop presented by members of Oak Grove.

2:10-3 p.m.: Oak Grove performs

3-3:30 p.m.: Raffle Drawing & Announcements

3:30-4:45 p.m.: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands performs

Some seating will be provided, but you are also encouraged to bring your own chairs. Patrons can get lunch at local restaurants before enjoying bluegrass music “up on the roof.” (It’s not just for the Beatles!)

More information is available by visiting

About MDMEF (from the news release)

The foundation was formed to raise awareness of the elimination of the Mt. Diablo school district’s elementary music programs and to solicit donations to support music education for students.

Qualifying organizations can receive grants to provide music instruction to students in the district. Grant applications are available on the website.

“Last month, we granted $22,000 from our new Music Education Grants,” said Joan Miller, foundation president. “We are pleased that through the support we have received from individuals and businesses that we will be able to provide funds that will provide music instruction to the students in our district.”

Grant recipient response

“Thank you so much for your generous gift of support for Westwood Elementary School. With the grant you provided for us, we have been able to hire a teacher and organize an after-school instrumental music program that has already attracted 24 4th and 5th graders. We all know that this would not have been possible without your support, and I speak for many in my expression of gratitude. Our kids are truly fortunate to be able to have this musical experience despite the budgetary hardships in the district.” – Barbara Fuller, Co-VP of Westwood Elementary PFC

“Thank you, MDMEF! Your grant has made it possible for the award-winning Foothill Middle School Jazz Band to continue, and this looks to be a very exciting year for the group.” – Kirk Wetterholm, Foothill Middle School Music Director

Volunteer opportunities

A variety of fundraisers are planned to support music in district schools. More information is available on the nonprofit foundation website. Tax ID 27-1292110.

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