Band class will become much more rewarding for a few L.A. public school students due to legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen‘s recent donation of 75 electric guitars from his personal collection.
“Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them,” said Van Halen. “If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing.”
Per Van Halen’s request, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the country, will distribute the guitars to music programs in public schools throughout the Los Angeles area where there are not enough instruments to meet the demand of students enrolled.
“Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation,” said Van Halen. “Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me.”
This donation is only one activity in a busy year for Van Halen. Recently reunited with David Lee Roth, Van Halen is set to tour in support of of their new album, “A Different Kind of Truth.” The band’s latest single, “Tattoo,” is rising up the charts.