INTERNATIONAL WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION
WMA California Chapter Ramps-up Youth Initiative
WMACC believes it is important to involve today’s youth in our efforts to sustain the history and culture of the West for future generations. Because we find most school districts now have set curriculums with little latitude for deviation, we have begun to be more creative throughout California in making opportunities to interact with youth.
Recently WMACC participated in a 50th anniversary celebration at one of the original middle schools in Santa Clarita. Gency Brown, John Bergstrom and Greg Khougaz provided music for the festivities. Guitar students from the school joined the trio in a few songs and Greg took time to give them guitar tips (picture). We heard later from their teacher that these kids were “pumped” and more motivated after our time with them.
John Bergstrom, no stranger to the classroom, recently performed and talked at a “Lunch and Learn” program at the same school and found good response from students and teachers alike.
Jackie Justus discovered a guitar class at the school where she teaches and donated an instrument in support of that effort.
Another retired educator, Cisco Jim Aceves has been performing at schools in his area of Northern California and hopes to begin performing with his horse to draw even more attention to the culture of the cowboy (Vaquero) in California.
Future goals include offering to join The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and The Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival in their well-established efforts in schools during those events. We have also begun to contact music programs at colleges and universities for possibilities at that level.
If you are interested in working with our Youth Outreach Initiative Committee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org