CONTACT: David Endicott (206) 409-3275 or DavidEndicott@Live.com
Randy Oxford (253) 973-9024 or Oxfordrandy@gmail.com
Music4Life & Oxford Entertainment Team Up for Kids
Oxford Entertainment is teaming up with Seattle-based Music4Life™ to provide ready-to-play musical instruments to students in need. The announcement comes from Randy Oxford, a noted blues instrumentalist and member of the Washington State Blues Hall of Fame, and David Endicott, President/CEO of Music4Life.
“Lovingly used musical instruments that adults have in their garages or attics or financial resources to buy new instruments as schools tell us of their needs. Randy Oxford can help us fill both needs. We are most grateful for his support.”
Music4Life™ (www.Music4Life.org ) provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. The Seattle-based non-profit acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by students who need them. Besides Seattle Public Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline Public Schools. The program acquires used instruments from adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. With adequate financial resources, Music4Life also buys new musical instruments for school districts.
"I am a full time professional musician, band leader, concert promoter, producer and booking agent,” Oxford says. “I travel quite a bit for my music career and have made contacts in the business throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and beyond. Music4Life is such a great organization for helping students.
Finding donated instruments for kids is a natural thing for me to do because I have so many contacts in the music business. In addition to having been inducted into the Washington state Blues Society hall of fame, since the year 2000 I have been the recipient of multiple music awards from the Washington Blues Society, including the Life Time Achievement, Keeping the Blues Alive, Entertainer of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Band and Best Northwest Recording awards. The Randy Oxford Band has also represented the Pacific NW numerous times at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN that is put on by the Blues Foundation based in Memphis. "My participation at the IBC has resulted in major music festival performances in multiple countries.”
Besides leading his own projects, including The Randy Oxford Band and Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam, for the past ten years Oxford has been hosting pro-am jams on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise that sails out of Ft. Lauderdale and throughout the Caribbean each January and October. He is also a member of the prestigious Bender Brass in Las Vegas for the annual Big Blues Bender that takes place every September. Oxford continues to look for opportunities to showcase youth musicians whenever possible. His company, Oxford Entertainment, is dedicated to helping young musicians through workshops, finding instruments and showcasing young talent.
Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the Hazel Miller Foundation, First Choice Health; 4Culture (the former Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Knossos Foundation; various local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs; the Highline Schools Foundation; Nina McLemore LLC; as well as by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Carrabba Violins, the Newspapers in Education Program of The Seattle Times, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 88.5 KPLU Radio, Kennelly Keys Music stores, Music & Arts stores, Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah, the Guitar Center stores, Randy Oxford Entertainment and others.
Music4Life™ provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. Participating schools include Seattle, Edmonds, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline public school districts. A community-wide activity, participants are local leaders who understand the unique role that participation in instrumental music has on the life and education of a child.
For more information or to donate an instrument to Music4Life, contact DavidEndicott@Live.com, call (206) 409-3275 or go to our Website at www.Music4Life.org Instrument donation forms are available online, as well as at designated instrument drop-off sites.
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