Parade of Pianos Fosters Musical Talent Among Youth

Music students spent the afternoon of February 7 entertaining an audience at the Hi Desert Center for Spiritual Living (HDCSL).

The students receive guidance and instruments through Parade of Pianos, founded by Paul Starks, who started the program in 2009. He helps talented young musicians by offering scholarships, lessons, instruments, and opportunities to play in front of live audiences. They have played at schools, churches, senior residences, and other venues.

The program not only helps students develop their musical talents, but also to be successful throughout their entire lives.

Over the years, local students have played at churches, schools, retirement homes and a variety of other venues.

The 90-minute concert served as a fundraiser for Parade of Pianos, as well as HDCSL and also for Granite Hills High School Choir, which has earned the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall since receiving a Gold rating last April at the World Heritage Performance Festival competition in Las Vegas.

A few of the selections were: Magic Trumpet (by B. Kaempfert), Up the Lazy River (H. Carmichael), Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (F. Rose), Piano Sonata #8 (Beethoven), My Life (Lennon/McCartney), and You Are My Sunshine (Davis/Mitchell).

Performances by guitarists, violinists and cellists were also featured.

Parade of Pianos is a non-profit fund of the High Desert Community Foundation. Mail donations to “HDCF,” 16000 Apple Valley Rd, Suite C3, A.V., CA 92307. Write “Parade Pianos” in memo section, or online at www.hdcfoundation.org

Mail GHHS Choir donations to: GHHS Chamber Choir, 22900 Esaws Ave., Apple Valley, CA 92307, or for more information call Camille Gonzales at (760) 961-2290 or e-mail GraniteHillsHSchoir@gmail.com.

Contact Paul Starks at (760) 961-0611, or email: starskybp37@yahoo.com

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