The Saturday Night Bath Band gave our students a fine arts experience that they will never forget. Thank you for your generosity of time and goodwill, and know that our students will have their lives and futures enriched by your involvement with our school.
Principal Somerset High School (Bellflower)
The concert opened a door into the beautiful delight music can offer a community of learners. With learning a basic framework for a few blues, jazz and rock songs, students glimpsed possibilities for their own musicianship.
Coordinator Melrose Elementary School/MST Magnet (LAUSD/Los Angeles)
As both a school-site and district administrator I have seen, first hand, the value our students received from participating in the interactive concert program. Saturday Night Bath has been a continuing partner with many of our Options schools since 1993, providing our students a music education and creative outlet they otherwise would not have had. I have witnessed improved attitude, greater focus and productivity by participating students and a feeling of cohesion and belonging… The program offered by Mr. Rich and SNB is an excellent and valuable resource that provides students the opportunity to be introduced, to develop and to demonstrate their creativity in a supportive environment by skilled and caring professional musicians.
Ed.D. Los Angeles Unified School District (retired)
The youth appreciated the concert as a way to broaden their minds and appreciate the various types of music presented. Interaction with people from different walks of life is always a growth experience for all. Thank you for your interest in the continued development of the young ladies at Camp Scott.
Coordinator Camp Scott (Saugus)
Your music was great! It’s not something I listen to but I really liked it. It was interesting to listen to something new. The band took the time to give facts and show us some of the instruments. The songs played were “What a Wonderful World” and “My Girl,” there were some others too… When you all were playing it gave good vibes.
Student Angel’s Gate High School (San Pedro)
The Saturday Night Bath Band came to our campus and played and educated an audience of 300 (students, families, district guests). As always the band members were professional and extraordinarily gifted musicians. In this economy it is difficult to expose our students to a variety of instruments and music, and [this occasion] allowed our students to experience this amazingly important educational opportunity.”
Principal William J. Johnston Community Day School (LAUSD/San Pedro)
Going over 31-years strong, Saturday Night Bath continues to deliver music therapy to those who need it most, from at- risk youth to senior citizens and the greater community. Formed in 1984 by Howie Rich, the seven-musician ensemble based out of Los Angeles stands committed to writing and performing original and traditional American jazz and blues music. Under this umbrella he leads two different style bands: “Dixieland & Swing,” and “Rock & Roll” for students. Joining Howie are musicians Michael Rosen on harmonicas and vocals, Darrin Yarbrough on guitars and vocals, Dave Holland on baritone and tenor sax, flute and vocals, Chris Ross on congas/percussion and vocals, Harlan Spector on keyboards, and Markus Brox on drums and vocals. On average, SNB gives two-dozen interactive concerts and clinics a year, with a focus on continuation schools and youth detention facilities. To date it has presented 540 interactive concerts at local juvenile halls, middle and continuation high schools, and probation camps throughout the state, connecting directly with 36,000 young people. Through this outreach, the group is able to provide vital hands-on music therapy, and in recent years have given preference to pregnant teen sites. Music includes original blues, rock and roll, jazz, and hip hop as well as traditional “old-school” compositions. The ensemble also provides an elementary music education program called “A Quick 100 Years of Music,” showing the musical progression from the blues created in America during slavery times, up to the present. L.A. City, County and State collaborations continue today. The high-energy acoustic dixieland and swing ensemble can also be called for senior citizen centers and festivals. In 2016, our audience was over 2,000 predominantly African and Hispanic youths from low-income areas of Los Angeles County. Schools in these areas cannot afford many essentials let alone music and art. In recent years, our emphasis has been on pregnant teen sites. Many schools contact us for entry into the program. Our new-site waiting list is sixteen schools, not counting repeat-sites or detention facility requests. The Los Angeles County Arts Commission became the organization’s first sponsor in 1986, providing SNB wth three consecutive two-year Organizational Program Grants. Through the years funding has come from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, California Arts Council, and from Impact Grants. AFM Local 47 and the Recording Industries’ Music Performance Fund in New York continue to provide annual co-sponsor allocations that cover a significant percentage of the musicians’ concert wages. Current sponsors include the LA County Arts Commission, the Cities of West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Torrance Cultural Affairs, The ABF Foundation, the Music Fund of Los Angeles, the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, and the Swanton Foundation. Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl are currently supporting performances in their districts, as Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, as retired Supervisors Don Knabe, Mike Antonovich, and Zev Zaroslavsky have done in the past.
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