Buena High School choir and music students, Buena Choir teacher, Kevin Downey, Librarian, Joel Levin and two members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Scotty Morris and Andy Rowley at Buena high. Photo by Bernie Goldstein.
On Feb.4 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy band members visited Buena High School to meet choir and music students and to tour the campus recording studio which was funded by the band’s April 2013 local benefit concert presented by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) and the City of Ventura.
The April 2013 benefit concert, a sold-out event, raised nearly $50,000 in grant funding for Ventura Unified School’s arts and music programs. Grant funds allowed Buena High School to build a mini-recording studio, which is used by music students, the choir program and other students who wish to record songs and make music. Several other VUSD schools received grant funds for art and music projects including new musical instruments, a kiln, microphones, drafting tables, and in-classroom artist programs.
On April 2, in downtown Ventura, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform a benefit concert in celebration of the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary and again as a fundraiser for art and music programs – choir, jazz, theater, marching band, orchestra, visual and performing arts – for Ventura Unified’s 17,000 elementary, middle and high school students.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in Ventura in 1989. (Band info: www.bbvd.com)
Tickets for the April 2, 2016 benefit concert are now available online at www.venturaeducationpartnership.org/BBVDbenefit.