Free concerts returning to Skypark for summer series
by Mikaela Slade
Jul 10, 2014 | 1799 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beginning on the last Sunday of July, the Kiwanis of the Valleys will be hosting the first of its annual summer concert series “Music at Skypark,” in Scotts Valley at Skypark, free for the public to enjoy.


The Music at Skypark series will bring music fans three concerts: July 27, Aug. 31, and Sept. 28. The July concert will feature Funkranomicon and the Houserockers, followed by the second concert in August featuring Scary Little Friends and The Coffis Brothers, and the last concert in September will be finishing it off with The Joint Chiefs and Extra Large.


The Kiwanis of the Valleys is a small organization that is composed of a dedicated group of people that are helping local youth, and one of the ways that they achieve that goal is through this fundraiser.


At the event, there will be an abundance of local vendors that will be selling their different types of food and drink, along with vendors that will be selling beer and some wines from local vineyards.


“This year we have a record number of sponsors,” said Mike Steward, a key member in the Kiwanis of the Valley organization.


All the profits that the vendors make from their sales during this event will be donated directly to the music programs in the Scotts Valley Middle School and High School, which Beth Hollenbeck has built and now runs at both levels.


This year, not only will the funding be going to help this program flourish, it will be giving the students in choir the chance to travel down to Los Angeles to participate in the Heritage Festival.


The money will also benefit both schools' bands, allowing them the opportunity to participate in the Central Coast Section music festivals.


Hollenbeck said she has worked very hard building up this program and continues to nurture it with the help of this fundraiser.


“The money has been used to build and establish a music program at both the high school and middle school,” said Hollenbeck. “Most of the money has been used to purchase and maintain instruments, purchase music chairs, instrument storage lockers, concert attire, new music for choir and band, send students to local adjudication festivals for learning and assessment, field trips (students attended the San Francisco Symphony this year) and teacher professional development.”


Hollenbeck was hired in 2009 and is still working to build up this music program and offer students the chance to learn surrounded by others who love music in a program filled with musical opportunity.


“Since I was hired, the music program at the secondary level has nearly doubled in student enrollment with 100 students in performance classes and 50 in music composition courses,” said Hollenbeck


In both 2013 and 2014, the Scotts Valley Unified School District was awarded the National Association of Music Merchants Best Communities for Music Education Awards, which the donations from Music at Skypark made possible.


“I am always in awe of the outpour of support from the bands that participate and the concert goers,” said Hollenbeck. “It's really a special event and, as a music teacher, I couldn't ask to work in a better community."

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