Annual Pianos on State Street collaboration spurs musical exploration and group performances
For the fifth consecutive year, Santa Barbara Education Foundation and its collaborators have once again pulled off another successful community project with the widely popular Pianos on State, attracting tourists, locals, amateur and professional players of all ages to sit down and play music.
On Sunday, passerbys stopped in their tracks as three local students performed together, utilizing one of the pianos available for the public through the annual Pianos extravaganza. Anna Sung-Park, a 5th grader at Roosevelt Elementary, Joshua Park, a 7th grader at Santa Barbara Junior High, and Thomas Everest, a 9th grader from Santa Barbara High School played together for their families and pedestrians on heavily traveled State Street.
“My favorite thing about playing music is that there are infinite possibilities,” said 7th grader Joshua Park, who was playing the trumpet.
“I think everyone should be exposed to music and have the opportunity to play,” said Thomas Everest, after a solo on the piano.
His piano in front of Marshalls on Canon Perdido and State streets was one of 11 being put to use over the last 10 days as part of Pianos on State for the public to enjoy, a collaborative musical experiment coinciding with the 2014 New Noise Music Festival.
Pianos on State is supported by the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, New Noise Music Foundation, Downtown Organization, City of Santa Barbara and Notes for Notes all sharing valuable resources to bring this community project to an exciting reality.
Anna Sung-Park and Joshua Park have both been involved in Santa Barbara Unified School District’s BRAVO! program, an afterschool program run by district music teachers for students with at least one year of experience on a band or orchestra instrument. Twice a week, students from local elementary schools board the bus after school and get dropped off at Santa Barbara Junior High to make music with new friends.
The Santa Barbara Education Foundation, a local nonprofit, raises funds for vital programs that benefit all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District including BRAVO!.
“My favorite thing about the program is that it’s fun and also challenging,” said 5th grader Anna Sung-Park, who is currently in the BRAVO! program and plays the oboe.
Just a block further down on State Street, more than a dozen pedestrians had crowded around another piano to listen to the mesmerizing sound of another young talent in the making, 4th grade student Audrey Harmond.
“She’s incredible,” said a passerby.
About Pianos on State
Pianos on State is a collaborative project is being supported the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, New Noise Music Foundation, the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, Downtown Organization, City of Santa Barbara and Notes for Notes all sharing valuable resources to bring this community project to an exciting reality. For more information on Pianos on State, please contact the Santa Barbara Education Foundation at (805) 284-9125 or SantaBarbaraEducation.org or visit Pianos on State on Facebook.
About Santa Barbara Education Foundation
Santa Barbara Education Foundation raises money for programs that benefit students district-wide including art and music instruction, musical instruments, early childhood education, family and community engagement, college readiness, and intervention programs for high school students at risk of dropping out. For more information about the Santa Barbara Education Foundation or the programs it supports, please visit www.sbefoundation.org or call (805) 284-9125.