SANYO North America Corporation has announce that it is teaming with a local non-profit organization, First Friday Music Club Inc., to offer educational support to Correia Middle School, which is located in Point Loma, San Diego.
The partnership includes a donation of SANYO products as well as SANYO-sponsored professional music and video production workshops for the middle school students, over a three-day period from November 3 to November 5, 2010.
With funding for areas like music facing new budget challenges, schools need to be creative in obtaining the highest quality education for their students.
To assist in making these types of workshops possible, non-profit organizations such as the First Friday Music Club Inc. are seeking private companies to match with public schools to offer support.
“We know how important it is for students to be exposed to professionals in their early development, and we do all we can to make sure they have the best chance to obtain this type of instruction,” said Glen Fisher, President of First Friday Music Club Inc.
“Having a partner like SANYO allows for some truly amazing educational opportunities like those being offered to Correia Middle School.”
SANYO donated 10 of its Dual Cameras, which will be used by the school’s video production and yearbook staff, replacing older technology with modern formats like MPEG4/AVC.H264 which are highly compatible with computers and online environments.
Additionally, SANYO is donating five of its linear PCM sound recorders, which can be used to record music or audio for use in video production.
To teach music students the importance and how easy it can be to be sustainable, SANYO has also donated five of its eneloop Pedal Juice rechargeable 9-volt batteries for use by guitar students in learning to use effects pedals.
In addition to the products being donated, SANYO will also sponsor two educational workshops for the students at Correia Middle School a music workshop and a video workshop.
The music workshop features the legendary, Grammy-award winning pro-artist Bill Watrous, a jazz trombonist who has worked and recorded with many great jazz musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Johnny Richards as well as playing in television bands for the Merv Griffin show.
The professional video workshop features Emmy-award winning Tom Zizzi, who has also received a Golden Mike Award as producer, cinematographer, editor and lighting director.
The workshops are designed to allow the students hands-on training from the best in the industry, and will feature concerts with Bill Watrous and a short film made by students under the direction and instruction of Tom Zizzi.
“We are thrilled to have SANYO, a local company, take such interest in the education of our young people,” said Patricia K. Ladd, Principal of Correia Middle School.
“The work of the First Friday Music Club, Inc. has been so vital in making this possible, and in the end, the students are the ones who benefit the most.”
“SANYO values education, and we like to support our local communities where we do business,” says Sam Murata, President of SANYO North America Corporation.
“The future lies with today’s youth, so it is important that they have access to educational opportunities that allow them to improve their skills. We believe an opportunity like this can help shape their future.”
The music workshops include rehearsals and concerts, with a final concert open to the public at Club Tango Del Rey in San Diego on November 5 from 7-9 pm.