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Isaac Slade performing at Fort Morgan Middle School. (credit CBS)

Thank you Westword, for recognizing the great work Isaac Slade is doing to support music education!

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Find that instrument you haven’t played in years, and donate it to the Bringing Music to Life, to help a kid in Colorado experience all that music can offer.

Donations accepted thru March 17. Click on news item to find a drop-off location near you!

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Isaac Slade, left, and Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, on Monday (credit: CBS)

Pilot Districts Announced by Governor and Isaac Slade

On Monday, January 22nd Take Note Colorado made a splash in two Aurora schools to announce it’s partnership with five school districts. Isaac Slade made a stop to Aurora’s Frontier P-8 School, and the Governor joined Isaac at Aurora’s Clyde Miller School later in the day to make the announcement and perform a song with students. In addition to Aurora Public Schools, Take Note has established partnerships with East Otero School District (La Junta), Mesa County Valley School District 51 (Grand Junction), Morgan County School District RE-3 (Fort Morgan) and Roaring Fork School District.

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The Record Company performs. Sing It To Me Santa, featuring The Record Company, with Tracksuit Wedding, at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Photo StevePeterson.photo

Sing It to Me Santa rocks the house for music programs at Denver Public Schools

“Nothing brings the holiday spirit like a 6-foot-2, Jesus-lookin’ Santa rippin’ a funk lead guitar and stomping about the stage.”

Musician Kyle Wilson’s Facebook post is a fun — and right on the money — description of a Santa Claus suit-wearing Ryan Chrys, who, with steel guitarist Bradley Weaver and acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi, opened Sing It To Me Santa, a wild and super-fun holiday concert that Libby Anschutz, in cooperation with KBCO and Take Note Colorado, started three years ago to fund music education in the Denver Public Schools.

This year, sponsorships alone generated $200,000.

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Photo credit: Detour

Take Note Detour: Connecting Musicians to Music Students

A project of the Colorado Music Strategy, Detour joins musicians with communities across Colorado to program performances, workshops, field recordings, creative education, community celebrations, and more. Visiting one of Take Note’s pilot districts, Roaring Fork School District, Detour hit the road again on October 4, 2017 with DJ Full Metal Rebekah Durham and The Ginny Mules. Collaborating with Carbondale Arts and the Rosybelle Maker Bus Detour gave over 250 youth in Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood Springs an interactive experience with music.

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Big Head Todd & The Monsters Benefit Concert

Big Head Todd & The Monsters selected Take Note Colorado as the charity beneficiary for their October 7, 2017 album release show, a KBCO On Tap series at Breckenridge Brewery. Anderson East and North Mississippi Allstars also performed at the day-long show.

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Take Note at JAS Experience – Jazz Aspen Snowmass Partnership

Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) partnered with Take Note Colorado to raise funds and awareness to support music programming in schools in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Experience is a three-day music festival held over Labor Day weekend. From the festival stage, JAS President & CEO, James Horowitz, spoke about the partnership between Take Note and JAS in-schools, raising awareness and funds to support our efforts. JAS in-schools education initiatives complement existing public school music programs and replace programs where schools suffer losses in music education, ensuring that local schools maintain and grow band and music programs in their curriculum.

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The Record Company
The Record Company (Alex Stiff, Chris Voss, Marc Carzorla) CREDIT: Jacob Blickenstaff - Brooklyn, NY

The Record Company To Headline Take Note Concert

Take Note Colorado’s next fundraising concert will be headlined by rock band The Record Company. Los Angeles-based The Record Company will play along with Tracksuit Wedding at the Sing It To Me Santa concert on Dec. 9. Sing It To Me Santa is a Colorado tradition since 2014, and will now become one of Take Note Colorado’s signature events.

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Velorama stage

Velorama Festival Take Note Colorado Stage

Twelve blocks in Denver’s RiNo Art District became a three-day street party in August celebrating biking culture in Colorado as part of the Colorado Classic bike race and Velorama Festival. A Take Note Colorado stage promoted our statewide vision along with performances by Old 97s, The Jayhawks, and Rob Drapkin.

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Benefit Show at Ophelia’s

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play a benefit for Take Note Colorado in Denver on July 10, 2017.

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