On May 31, Music Moves, a foundation whose mission is to support music programs in public schools, held their first concert “La International Sonora Tropical Show, starring Carlos Quintana” at Golden Valley High School.
Music Moves presented the money raised from the “La International Sonora Tropical Show” to the William S. Hart Union High School District Honor Bands and the Golden Valley HS Bands.
“The William S. Hart Union High School District Jazz Honor band is pretty new and unfunded,” said Brian Leff, the unnofficial manager of the band. “The students who are involved in the jazz honor band have to pay to be in it.”
The Jazz Honor band will be receiving the majority of the proceeds.
“We are very fortunate that the Music Moves Foundation has generously donated $400 to the Honor Jazz band,” Leff said. “This is accounting for a third of the overall budget, so we’re very happy that the students will be benefiting from this donation.”
More than 100 people came to the concert in March.
“I thought the ‘La International Sonora Tropical Show, starring Carlos Quintana’ show was really fun and it seemed like everyone had a really good time,” said Sue Alterman, Golden Valley High School band booster president. “It’s a pleasure for the boosters to work in conjunction with Music Moves to put on this event and really help the kids in this valley especially the honor band.”
Her son Kevin Alterman performed in the show.
“It was a lot of fun being able to perform and dance in the ‘La International Sonora Tropical Show, starring Carlos Quintana,’” he said.
Thursday evening was a very proud time for Music Moves, the Golden Valley Bands and the Hart District bands to finally be able to come together and see what all of their hard work has achieved.
“We’re really proud that we were able to participate in the first ever Music Moves event featuring ‘La International Sonora Tropical, starring Carlos Quintana’ and the members of the Golden Valley band,” said Roger Brooks, band director at Golden Valley High School, “and we’re really excited to be a part of donating to the Hart District Honor Jazz band.”
Many different organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley helped make the concert possible, including The Santa Clarita Magazine, Harman International (JBL), SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce, Our Valley Magazine and SCV Gazette Free Classifieds.
Susie Ruffner, a board member of Music Moves, said that they also want to thank the city of Santa Clarita for the grant to put on this show.
“It’s a great effort that we’re making here to expand our music education here in the Santa Clarita Valley and this is sort of the first step in doing that,” said Kurt Wilson, co-founder of Music Moves and board member of the Golden Valley bands. “We would like to thank one of our key sponsors which is KHTS AM-1220. Thanks Carl and Jeri. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.”
So what is Music Moves planning for the future? More concerts and raising music education awareness is to be expected.
“At this point we’re looking at the educational aspect of what Music Moves does, and there are two thrusts that we need to make in our community,” said Stan Aaronson, Music Moves strategic consultant. ”The first is we need to let businesses know what music education brings to the potential workforce and second is the notion of corporate social responsibility. The businesses in the community need to support the community directly through Music Moves.”