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    EVH donates 75 guitars to LA public schools

    LEGENDARY ROCK ICON EDDIE VAN HALEN
    DONATES GUITARS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT
    GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA

    Instrument donation to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to help offset
    rampant budget cuts in school music programs


    LOS ANGELES, January11, 2012 – One of the most influential artists in rock history made a significant contribution today to help support music programs in public schools. The legendary Eddie Van Halen 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 www.mhopus.org.

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    HArd to imagine anyone bitching about this

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    A great gesture by EVH...

    I hate to say it though, but these things will be poppin' up on ebay quickly once the parents realize what their kid has...
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    Nice to see!

    Ed is a class act!

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    greedy cash grabbing S.O.B. washed up meth burnout gotta have an amex mother f-.....wait, he did what?
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    Yeah Eddie!!
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    oh man I wonder if they were PVs, EBMMs or some old Kramers or something else..... darn I wish there were pics

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    Cool Eddie, very very cool.

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    Credit where it's due, well done Eddie! Helping where he can help the best.

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    Great gesture!
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    Hopefully there won't be any photos of the actual guitars simply to make it more difficult to sell them on ebay or some other venue. Very cool gesture for sure, EVH.

    It's sad that a country with our wealth can't sustain our public school systems, including music and art programs.
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    Very cool......School music started my interest in playing the guitar. Those programs are great to have. Although I'm not the next Mozart, Van Halen, Etc. I'm happy to say I can read music and enjoy playing licks on a guitar on my free time.
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    Good stuff

    But I must say, I have a hard time believing Ed said those exact words. Sounds like it was Janie'd up a bit and put in a press release.

    Still, good for Ed. Hopefully the kids that get to play with an Eddie Van Halen guitar realize how special that is....is it too late to re-enroll in school in LA?
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