DENVER (CBS4)– Two members of the band Tracksuit Wedding, Libby Anschutz and Stu Miller, talked about the importance of music education for students in Colorado schools with CBS4’s Alan Gionet on CBS4 News at Noon.
“Thanks to our wonderful Gov. Hickenlooper, he came up to a number of community leaders and musicians and asked us to get together and think about how we could expand music programs across the state,” said Anschutz. “We came up with this Take Note Colorado music initiative and I formed the Colorado Music Coalition, the legal entity, the 501-3C to house it and we’ll probably take on other initiatives around music.”
“I think the number one thing kids want to do is make as much noise as they possibly can. So if we can direct that in a musical direction, that would be great,” said Stu Miller. “I think that is so key to a balanced education, in my opinion, I’ve been teaching music for 20 years and I feel it helps people with math and English and especially with personal expression.”
Proceeds from the concert will start the funding for the Take Note Colorado initiative, which will offer grants for music education for students across Colorado.
LINK: Take Note Colorado
“You see the light bulb go on above the head when something clicks and it’s the coolest thing in the world to see,” said Miller. “It’s really fun for us to see. Hopefully this program will be successful and we can put instruments into anyone’s hands who wants to try it,” said Miller.
The concert features some of Colorado’s top musical talent including Slade himself, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, and Tracksuit Wedding. Another Colorado success story, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the show.