The Boeing Employees Concert Band will provide a free, public open-air concert at 7:30 p.m. on June 16 at Brookdale Arbor Place in the Mill Creek. The performance is a benefit for Music4Life™, the program that provides useable musical instruments for the students of low income families. Financial and musical instrument donations will be accepted.
Under the direction of Alexi Girsch, the Boeing Band is comprised exclusively of current or former Boeing employees and performs free concerts throughout the Seattle area about a dozen times a year. Brookdale Arbor Place (formerly Emeritus at Silver Lake) is a senior living community located at 12806 Bothell-Everett Highway that is surrounded by protected wetlands and nestled in the trees. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.
Music4Life™ acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them fully repaired and ready-to-play and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by elementary-aged students of low income families. 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 resources, Music4Life also buys new musical instruments for school districts.
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, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Kennelly Keys Music stores, Music & Arts stores, Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah, the Guitar Center stores and others.