Nexus Supports Students of UEI at Annual Bridging the Gap Concert

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Cisco technology connects children, audiences across the nation for annual concert.

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We are passionate about participating in this event because we live the value of TelePresence in our daily work lives and evangelize its value to our clients in Education, Government and Business.

Through the cooperation of Cisco and the Urban Entertainment Institute (UEI), along with sponsor Nexus, Emerson Middle School of Los Angeles and the Oakland EastSide All-Stars (OEASE) of Oakland High, will be entertaining a national audience today at 1:00 pm PST.

Live from Yoshi’s Theatre in Oakland and the First Church of God in Inglewood, both schools will be teaming together by singing, dancing and performing live during the Urban Entertainment Institute’s fourth national Bridging the Gap Concert. Eight schools from across the nation will be joining one another via TelePresence to take part in the annual festivities. Past shows have included special guest visits from artists such as Michael Feinstein, Faith Evans, and Shirley Strawberry, just to name a few.

“This is a rare chance to see the impact of music and fine arts on the lives of kids", said Dave Elsner, SVP of Sales and Marketing for Nexus. “Cisco TelePresence, a distance learning tool, will be used to connect, via video, performers and audiences from eight schools across the country.”

He continued, “We are passionate about participating in this event because we live the value of TelePresence in our daily work lives and evangelize its value to our clients in Education, Government and Business. Internally we use TelePresence to connect our experts with our customers across time zones no matter where that expert may be; whether in an office or via mobile video. We also use it for internal distance learning. Breaking down the barriers of distance and location and connecting our sales, engineering and project management teams across the nation.”

Hosted annually, the Bridging the Gap concert is sponsored by the Urban Entertainment Institute (UEI) and Cisco. Founded by Fred Martin in 2002, the UEI is an after-school program dedicated to training inner-city youth in the performing arts at no charge to their families. Music and fine arts are often the first types of programs to lose funding when budgets are being cut. The UEI brings the focus back on these programs which are so important in building confidence and self esteem in kids. Music and fine arts are an essential creative outlet that also break down the barriers across cultural, economic and geographic distances.

Each year, the Urban Entertainment Institute provides students with networking opportunities and exposure to accomplished musicians, artists, actors, business managers and agents. They showcase their talents in local and national performances and tours in an effort to raise funds for college scholarships and to prepare them for careers in the entertainment industry. UEI “reaches” kids – who otherwise may be dragged down by overwhelming forces that surround them. When they reach kids – the results on overall interest, energy, learning, grades, and test scores has been both dramatic, and impressive.

About Nexus
Based in Valencia, CA, Nexus leverages its extensive experience and expertise to enable organizations to Connect, Collaborate, and Create. We do this by providing expertise in end-to-end technology solutions based on six distinct, yet complementary solutions: Consulting Services, Enterprise Networking, Collaboration, Data Center, Managed Services and Cloud. Nexus partners with industry leaders including Cisco, EMC, VMware, NetApp, Apple and Microsoft to ensure its customers are provided the most comprehensive and competitive solutions. Nexus serves the private sector, from small business to the Fortune 500; and the public sector including local, state, and federal government. Additionally, Nexus has highly specialized vertical market practices including education, retail, hospitality and healthcare. For additional information, please visit

About UEI
The Urban Entertainment Institute is a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, that provides in-school and after-school programs where young people train in vocal, dance, digital recording, theatrical and musical performance. Students also learn the technical aspects of the entertainment business and run the merchandising and marketing aspects of the organization under the guidance of industry professionals and advisors.

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