What happens when two icons of the music industry and long-time philanthropists come together for a good cause? They support music education in schools in a unique way. Legendary music producer Bob Ezrin and Canadian rock star Bryan Adams have donated a Gibson Les Paul guitar, which will be autographed by Adams, and then raffled to raise funds for the Confederation Secondary School Evolutionary Band.
Bryan Adams and his band are in the midst of a 20 show/20 city tour that will bring them from Newfoundland to British Columbia this spring and summer – his first national trek in over 20 years. Adams will be in Sudbury for a concert on Monday, May 7th, 2012 (which, incidentally, will coincide with Music Monday in Rainbow Schools).
Tickets for the Bryan Adams autographed guitar are now on sale at Confederation Secondary School in Val Caron. Members of Action Sudbury and the Evolutionary Band and crew will be on hand to sell tickets at the Q92 booth in front of the Sudbury Arena on the day of his concert. The draw will take place live on Q92′s morning show on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:15 am.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that anything like this could happen for our small Northern Ontario school,” said Confederation Secondary School music teacher Norm McIntosh, Director of the Evolutionary Band. “Bob Ezrin and Bryan Adams are at the top of their careers. For them to take the time to do this for our students is unbelievable. The kids have been blown away by the generosity and the goodwill of these two individuals. We are truly grateful.”
Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for his contributions to popular music and his philanthropic work via his own foundation. “The Bryan Adams Foundation” aims to advance education and learning opportunities for children and young people worldwide, believing that an education is the best gift that a child can be given.
Bob Ezrin was born in Toronto. As a music and entertainment producer for 42 years, Bob Ezrin has worked on recordings with artists such as Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Hanoi Rocks, Roberta Flack, Peter Gabriel, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Kansas, Rod Stewart, Berlin, Nine Inch Nails, The Jayhawks, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Darkness, Jane’s Addiction, Julian Lennon and Deftones, and many others.
Bob Ezrin is a long-time supporter and friend of Evolutionary. He has enthusiastically followed the band’s progress since attending their Mother’s Day concert in 2005. “I’m happy to be able to help support the kids,” he says. “Now, just tell them that they have to excel at school as well as in the band.”
Ezrin spends much of his time serving the community. He is on the board of directors of the Nashville Symphony. He is Vice-President of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and, along with U2′s Edge and Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitar Corporation. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership and also a past Trustee and Governor of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). Even though he now resides in Nashville, he still remains active as a member of MusiCounts, CARAS’ (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) music education initiative.
MusiCounts mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background, have access to a music program through their school. The Evolutionary Band and crew members have decided that one way to show their appreciation for Bob Ezrin’s ongoing support of their music program is by individually documenting how their participation in the band has had a positive impact on their school careers and sharing these anecdotes with him.
Evolutionary guitarist Kayla O’Hearon summed up the students’ feelings. “I thought that it was incredibly generous and very kind of both of these gentlemen to do this for our band. It is nice to know that people in their position in life would still be willing to help others,” she said.
Also partnering to make this fundraising effort a success is Action Sudbury, a non-profit community organization comprised of individuals and agencies working to eliminate tragedies caused by impaired driving.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to help Evolutionary,” said Ron Roy, Chair of Action Sudbury Citizens Against Drunk Driving. “Evolutionary has been the long-standing No Drinking and Driving Band for Northern Ontario. The funds raised from this raffle will allow the band to continue to deliver outstanding performances as they spread the anti-drinking and driving message.”