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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rocks through Pomona

Thursday, April 24, 2014

POMONA >> Sumara Sevilla was hooked once she heard the thumping upright bass at an Imelda May rockabilly concert two years ago. That inspiration still drives the 10-year-old Kingsley Elementary School student as she learns to play cello and dreams of a future in music.

“Words can’t describe how much I love the cello,” the fifth-grader said. The love of music reached hundreds of children Tuesday as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at the school to teach students about music and the recording industry. Though music programs have suffered cuts throughout the state due to tough economic times, tour officials say their work is turning the sentiment toward music education around. “I think they’re finally seeing the value of it,” said Chris Walker, who drives the bus and has worked as a driver for artists such as Snoop Dogg. It’s a growing program that has high demand, and some schools have been on the waiting list for years. That’s because students get to see high-tech recording equipment in action, play instruments, write songs and even star in a music video when the bus comes to town.

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Source: San Bernardino Sun

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