This wonderful program (Music4Life) begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.
– Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Laureate, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
“Statistics and research overwhelmingly demonstrate the effectiveness of the arts in improving skill levels, test scores and overall performance of students. But if you sift through the rhetoric to the research you will find that the arts are both a desirable and necessary part of a well-rounded education.
“A recent report by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities entitled ‘Coming Up Taller,’ finds that ‘Safe havens of music, theater, dance and visual arts programs have proved particularly potent in stemming violence and drug abuse, and in keeping students from dropping out of school.’. The report confirmed a significant correlation between arts education and improved academic performance and test scores, increases in student attendance, as well as decreases in school dropout rates.
“Yes, we live in the ‘real world’ now, a world of budgets and bottom lines, bills to pay and jobs to do, family duties and household chores but without strong minds and strong hearts, we will never be able to fulfill all of these responsibilities. This ‘real world’ will be shaped and guided by us, and by our children. And who we are, and who our children will become, is directed by the education we receive. Without a strong education in the arts, all of us, our entire society, shall be the poorer and weaker. Now is the time to make sure that our dreams, and our children’s dreams, can become a reality.”
– The Late Marvin Hamlisch, Famed Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe & Pulitzer Prize winning artist, conductor, composer, arranger & musician
As a 10-year-old, I was growing up in Viroqua (veer-OH-qwa), Wisconsin, a small (3,500) town in rural southwest Wisconsin, hardly big enough then or now to fill even one section at Safeco Field. Just into sixth grade, my father had died recently. My mother was once again totally blind, as she was to be much of her life. And I had a developmentally disabled younger sister at home. I had become “the MAN of the family.” Somehow we were scraping by on Social Security. But we were most definitely an “other side of the tracks” kind of family.
Left largely to govern myself, I was getting into trouble and hanging out with the wrong crowd. In Viroqua at that time, that meant nothing much more than throwing tomatoes at passing trucks at night and stealing into the Temple Theater. But I was a kid headed for trouble. Maybe big trouble.
And then Emory Nordness stepped into my life. “Nordy,” as we called him, was the high school band teacher and put a tuba into my hands. He took me off the streets and gave me something meaningful, fun and positive to do with my time. And to this day I believe he literally saved my life. He and instrumental music. Because Nordy also opened the wonderful world of music to me, something I’ve continued to enjoy and appreciate for the rest of my life. My second, long-term life.
For quite some time, I wondered how I could adequately thank him and others who had helped me along my way. Somehow, “thank you,” even earnestly spoken, just didn’t seem enough. And finally I realized what I could do: Pass his gifts on to other kids.
And that’s why I became a co-founder of Music4Life. It gives me an adequate way of saying thanks to Nordy, to recognize his gifts, to do something meaningful in my adopted community in the Pacific Northwest and to have some fun along the way. Thanks, Nordy.
– David Endicott, President/COO & Co-Founder, Music4Life
Music4Life once again was endorsed as an “Official Rotary District 5030 Project” at our 2017 annual district conference in Portland. Conference delegates from our 48 Seattle-area Rotary clubs enthusiastically agreed to renew this wonderful organization’s endorsement for its third three-year recognition. Music4Life continues to serve the needs of children in communities throughout our area. We congratulate them and encourage other community service organizations to join us in this endorsement.
– Alex Hopkins – 2017-18 Rotary District 5030 Governor
The Bremerton (Central) Lions Club is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Music4Life™ to put ready-to- play musical instruments into the hands of aspiring young musicians in the Bremerton School District. In just our first few weeks, we have found a one hundred year old violin and a beautiful flute, which are now being repaired by Music4Life and will be presented to the Bremerton School District.
One of Bremerton’s own, Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones, grew up here and continued to develop his musical talents. Among his many accomplishments, he is known as a record producer, actor, conductor, arranger, composer, instrumentalist and musician. Just imagine the loss to the music community if Quincy hadn’t had a musical instrument and the opportunity to develop his musical abilities.
Last year (2016-17), Music4Life delivered 276 musical instruments to its six participating public school programs, nearly double what it had done just the year before. Who knows what Music4Life and the Bremerton (Central) Lions will accomplish in this and future years by helping young instrumentalists to learn to play and participate in an orchestra, a band or other music program?
– James H. Lamb, President 2017-18 Central Bremerton Lions Club
Here’s what your Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, or other community service organization can do to help:
- Endorse Music4Life and allow your club name to be listed as an Endorser. Add www.Music4Life.org as a hyperlink on your organization’s club website
- Attend Music4Life events: Coordinate one or more tables at the next Music4LifeTM fundraising event
- Adopt Music4Life as a beneficiary of a club event this year
- Coordinate a Music4Life instrument drive in your area: Commit to rounding up instrument donations locally. Start with families and friends
- Pass the hat for Music4Life every dollar makes a difference
- As a club, contribute an instrument to the program
- Highlight school music programs: Invite students to perform at meetings and special events
Questions? Contact David Endicott at (206) 409-3275, or firstname.lastname@example.org