Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Bumblefoot Partners with Gibson and National Nonprofit Little Kids Rock to Deliver Guitars to Schools Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Gibson donates $75,000-worth of electric guitars to help alleviate damage from Hurricane Sandy and restore music education to schools in the tri-state area benefitting from Little Kids Rock’s free programming.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

On Wednesday, May 1st, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, lead guitarist from legendary hard rock band, Guns N’ Roses, will jam with students at Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx, which is participating in the free Little Kids Rock music program. Moreover, Bumblefoot will be arriving with free guitars for the students, courtesy of Gibson.

The guitars are part of a donation of over $75,000-worth of electric guitars that Gibson made to the national non-profit organization, Little Kids Rock, and distributed to schools affected by Hurricane Sandy throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Newark and Jersey City communities.

Little Kids Rock, the United States’ leading nonprofit provider of music education and free instruments to public school children, is currently reaching over 109,000 children with weekly music lessons amidst budget cuts that are eliminating music education from some of the nation’s most disadvantaged public schools. More than 24,000 current Little Kids Rock students are being taught in 240+ New York/New Jersey schools in communities that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Bumblefoot and Gibson have partnered with Little Kids Rock in this initiative to help ensure that these classrooms do not remain silent due to the damages of the hurricane this past fall. Bumblefoot will help deliver some of these guitars to a Little Kids Rock class at Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx where he will engage in a Q&A session, as well as a jam session with the students.

“Little Kids Rock is so grateful to Gibson for their generous donation to our children, and to Bumblefoot for helping us inspire children and transform their lives by giving the gift of music,” says Little Kids Rock founder and executive director, David Wish, who founded Little Kids Rock in 2002. “Music changes children, and children change the world.”

WHAT: Bumblefoot to help deliver $75,000-worth of electric guitars donated by Gibson to Little Kids Rock schools affected by Hurricane Sandy.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 1st, 3-4pm

WHERE: Mott Hall Community School (650 Hollywood Ave., Bronx, NY 10465)

Media are invited to attend and film. Please contact keith(at)littlekidsrock(dot)org.

About Little Kids Rock:
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers in their innovative curriculum while donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs. To date they have reached over 234,000 students. More info at http://www.littlekidsrock.org.

About Gibson:
Founded in 1894, Gibson is a global music and lifestyle-oriented company based in Nashville, Tennessee, creating products that enrich the lives of musicians, fans, and consumers alike. Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Run by technology visionary, Henry Juszkiewicz, the company has been at the forefront of innovation since its inception, the latest of which is the LPX guitar and the Min-ETune™ tuning system. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health and human services. Gibson's family of brands encompasses some of the most widely known and respected brands in the history of music and entertainment, including: Epiphone, KRK Systems, TEAC, Cerwin-Vega!, Stanton, Onkyo, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. More information is available at: http://www.gibson.com.

About Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Solo artist, producer & lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses
Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, international festivals & headlining solo tours, and many 'Album Of the Month/Year' awards and front covers of music magazines. Bumblefoot's latest releases were an innovative digital song-a-month series that include transcriptions and backing tracks for guitarists and recording stems for remixers, including a cover of “The Pink Panther Theme” featuring members of Guns N' Roses. Lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses since 2006, Bumblefoot has toured sold-out shows in over 50 countries, headlining festivals with crowds of 150,000. Bumblefoot's unique 'fretless guitar' can be heard throughout GNR's Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot has collaborated as a songwriter/producer with many artists, his music often heard in TV, film and videogames including theme songs to SpikeTV's "MXC" and VH1's "That Metal Show", So You Think You Can Dance, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, UFC, WWE, NFL, dozens of MTV/VH1 shows and more. Bumblefoot has appeared on stage with Joe Satriani, Nancy Sinatra, Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Jericho & Fozzy, Cyndi Lauper, jazz artist Allen Toussaint, members of Badfinger, Paul McCartney & Wings, and on recordings with diverse artists such as Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess, Anvil's Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Jessica Simpson, rapper Scarface, comedian Don Jamieson and many more.

Studying music since age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been a guest music coach on MTV's "Made". Bumblefoot is continuously donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He often performs at events for medical research, disaster relief, and children's health issues, visiting patients at children's hospitals all over the world with guitar in hand.

Projects in 2013 include releasing his own line of Bumblefoot hot sauces http://bit.ly/bumblefkd and custom guitar cases.


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