Eddie Van Halen Donates 75 Of His Guitars To Public Schools

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January 11, 2012 at 7:31 am Quote #1206

Cut2TheCrash
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Good to see his heart is in the right place but I wonder what ones he donated , I cant image it was anything other than ones me didnt mess around with but wouldnt it be cool to get a Kramer or another one that was Frankenized
http://www.antimusic.com/news/12/January/11Eddie_Van_Halen_Donates_75_Of_His_Guitars_To_Public_Schools.shtml
From antimusic.com
(HPM) Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 electric guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the country.

Per Van Halen’s request, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation will distribute the guitars to music programs in public schools throughout the Los Angeles area where there are not enough instruments to meet the demand of students enrolled.

“Music is the universal language. It has the ability to transcend and convey every human emotion that exists without saying a word. Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me. Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them. If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation.” Said Van Halen.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have benefitted and thousands of instruments have been donated to more than 1,100 school music programs across the country. More information can be found at http://www.mhopus.org.


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January 11, 2012 at 7:45 am Quote #1208

guitard
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Of course, I applaud Ed for doing this. It’s really commendable.

I gotta wonder though…did Ed really say what’s in that quote? That just doesn’t sound like Ed.


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January 11, 2012 at 8:15 am Quote #1209

JasonA
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Yeah, I’m guessing Janie wrote that press release for him :)


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January 11, 2012 at 9:39 am Quote #1217

ffoner
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No way Ed actually said that. He doesn’t talk like that.

And from his personal collection? Don’t they mean he had Peavey send over some guitars to the schools?

Still, a nice gesture.


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January 11, 2012 at 10:05 am Quote #1218

Cut2TheCrash
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Thats what I wanna know if they are stock off the shelf ones or ones that he had/made at home


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January 11, 2012 at 11:19 am Quote #1228

fletch
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wait….send them to my address…


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January 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm Quote #1412

ron
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Eddie Van Halen Donates 75 Guitars To Los Angeles Schools (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post
Anna Almendrala
First Posted: 1/12/12 03:06 PM ET
Updated: 1/12/12 04:28 PM ET

Class is now in session at the school of rock.

Eddie Van Halen (of Van Halen hard rock fame) just donated 75 of his own personal guitars to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a national organization that promotes music education for children.

In a statement, the guitarist simply explained, “Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me.”

Van Halen also acknowledged that his immense success motivated him to give more children a chance at self-fulfillment through music. ” If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation.”

The generous gift, which will be dispersed among 7 Los Angeles schools at Van Halen’s request, is already making an impact. Michael Flores, a student at Garfield High, tried out one of the guitars and told CBS2, “I think its great … Compared to what I played in the beginning, this sounds amazing.”

Watch CBS2′s video report of Van Halen’s impact on Garfield High School and check out CBS2 for the full story.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/01/12/eddie-van-halen-donates-75-electric-guitars-to-la-public-schools/

http://media.losangeles.cbslocal.com/CBSLA_20120111210922520AA.mp4

The Associated Press reports that Van Halen instructed staffers at Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that the guitars were to be used in schools, not sold — and the lucky schools who received them weren’t told who donated them until the day they arrived. Hopefully the guitars will be kept secure under lock and key when students aren’t using them, as the Foundation recommended.

In this photo, Eddie Van Halen poses with his 75 donated guitars and Felice Mancini, executive director of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. (Getty Images/Frazer Harrison)


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January 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm Quote #1429

Cut2TheCrash
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Thats was nice to see what he made them promise that they are not sold they are to be used in the school and by the looks they very well could be ones that came from prototypes most are marked EVHWG but I see one that is marked WGSPCL . But what a good marketing move on Van Halens part give guitars to kids that may have never listened to Van Halen now have his brand and they may go buy cds dvds concerts smart idea


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