Music = Life

A few weeks ago, The Music School in American Fork closed its doors when the main investor, Sentry Financial, pulled its funding.

It was a huge loss for the teachers, students and the community. Caleb Chapman, the school’s executive director who founded the school 10 years ago, says he feels almost like he’s lost a child.

The school gave musical opportunity to students. Professional musicians, such as the Dave Matthews Band’s Jeff Coffin, Saturday Night Live Band’s Lenny Pickett, former Journey drummer Steve Smith and former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade, have all held workshops in the Music School.

It’s sad news, but this Saturday, in the Utah Valley University Grande Ballroom, musicians young and old will take the stage to give the Music School a final send-off.

The extravaganza will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature guests Thurl Bailey, Kurt Bestor, Sam Cardon, Michael Dowdle, Sterling Poulson, Ray Smith, Chorey Christiansen, Mark Koelbel and Rashawn Ross of the Dave Matthews Band.

Former students will also take the stage in various Music School ensembles, which will include Lyceum Repertory Orchestra, the New Voodoo Swing Orchestra, Salsiology and the award-winning Crescent Super Band.

In addition, Chapman and his former mates of the Utah ska band Stretch Armstrong will play a reunion set with My Man Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and available at all Graywhale Music Exchanges throughout the valley. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds will be given to the teachers who have been displaced by the Music School’s closing.

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