Vans Partners with Warped Tour and In The Band to Raise Funds!

For many artists, music is a catalyst to their work, and nothing inspired a generation like Vans Warped Tour. With Warped Tour announcing their last full cross-country tour in 2018 Vans is putting on a charity art show traveling to our retail locations in Santa Monica, Chicago, Philadelphia, and NYC.

45 artists created artwork on 45 record sleeves inspired by musicians and bands that played the Vans Warped Tour. The artwork will be displayed and later sold online to benefit In The Band.

New Grant Award from California Arts Council!

The California Arts Council has just awarded us with a grant supporting our Aliso Pico Rec Center program! The California Arts Council’s mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The The Arts and Public Media Grant program supports multiplatform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. The program is rooted in the California Arts Council's vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California's diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

With support from the California Arts Council, In The Band will continue offering music instruction two days per week at the IMPACTO After School Program at Aliso Pico Recreation Center (APRC). Funding will be used to support our teaching artists. By bringing our culturally-relevant, after-school mobile music program directly to schools and community centers, In The Band has taught the fundamentals of musicianship to more than 18,000 underserved youth, ages 5 - 19 in over 130 locations.

Roger Waters + In the Band

We are excited to announce that some of our In the Band (FKA SoundArt) students accompanied the legend himself, Roger Waters, on stage during his Los Angeles Tour dates.

Roger Waters is a founding member of progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It is In the Band’s pleasure to have our students perform at all three of his Staples Center dates on June 20, 21, and 27, 2017. This is truly an unforgettable moment of collaboration for our organization.

For WATERS' L.A. three-date run of shows, an ensemble of 10- to 15-year-old students from ALISO PICO RECREATION CENTER (BOYLE HEIGHTS), VIEW PARK HIGH SCHOOL (SOUTH L.A.), and ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL (GLASSELL PARK) were chosen to perform "Another Brick in the Wall." The group of 15 In the Band musicians sang background vocals and performed choreography.

Commented In the Band Co-Executive Director JUSTIN BOCCHIERI, "One of In the Band's main objectives is to present real-world musical experiences to our students, ROGER WATERS' offer to have our kids perform with him proves to be the perfect partnership. This gives In the Band students the opportunity to participate in the highest level of stage production with a true legend!"

New Grant Award from the California Community Foundation!

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Thank you to the California Community Foundation for the new grant award! The CCF’s mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. They envision a future where all Angelenos have the opportunity to contribute to the productivity, health and well-being of our region. They believe that our common fate will be determined by how successfully we improve the quality of life for all of our residents. The impact we help create is of, by and for Los Angeles, because the community is our foundation. We are excited to be the recipient of their 2018 grant program.