Belmont gears up for Save the Music Festival

Alan Sarver (Courtesy photo)Alan Sarver (Courtesy photo)

As Belmont gears up for its ninth annual Save the Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 58-year-old festival chairman Alan Sarver talks about the significance of the event being held at Twin Pines Park. For more information, visit schoolforce.org/save-the-music.

What is the goal of the event? The underlying goal is to keep our elementary instrumental programs going. In each of the nine years, the elementary instrumental music program has been threatened by the budget as we’ve continued to suffer more and more cuts. The community has come together to ensure that that program stays in place.

Is there a ballpark figure you guys hope to raise? Our numbers usually have been right in the vicinity of $60,000 a year. There are six elementary schools in the district and two music teachers that cover those elementary schools.

How important are music programs in school? There is so much research as well as all of the anecdotal evidence that the arts programs are part of the basics. It’s part of the absolute essential education of the whole child.

Do you have a school music background yourself? I came to this because of my two daughters. … Music became such a vital part of their lives that my wife and I were brought into their world of practice and performance.

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