Peavey Gives 'Music Room Makeover' with Bo Bice & In Tune Monthly
(Peavey | Posted 2006-09-22)
The row of shiny Peavey guitars, amplifiers and drums was overwhelming enough for Krista Fanning's second-period music class. But before the shock of winning a stage's worth of new Peavey musical equipment could set in, Peavey endorser and "American Idol" star Bo Bice surprised Fanning and her Youree Drive Middle School students with a live performance and meet-and-greet session.
Bice spoke to the students about the value of music in life, then plugged a Peavey acoustic guitar into a ClassicR 30 amp--the same model that has been a staple of his live show for more than 10 years--and entertained the Shreveport classroom with a song from his debut album, "The Real Thing."
Fanning won the first Ultimate Music Room Makeover essay contest, sponsored by In Tune Monthly magazine and presented by Peavey. In Tune Monthly, a classroom music education magazine for teenage music students, chose Fanning's essay over hundreds of compelling entries from teachers and school administrators across the U.S.
"This equipment will help me teach every single one of my classes," wrote Fanning. "My district supplies absolutely no budget for equipment, and anything we have is either old or something I have supplied [from my home]. This equipment will not be limited just to my students. I will open my music room to area schools and young music groups."
Peavey donated an HP* Signature electric guitar; a Generation* electric guitar; two ClassicR 30 guitar amplifiers; a Milestone* bass guitar; a MAXR 115 bass amp; a PVR 500 drum kit; three PVR MSP1 microphone sets; a
PR* 15P powered loudspeaker; and an assortment of stands, cables, straps and guitar picks.
"Music really took over as the guiding force in my life when I was their age, and I actually built my earliest amplifiers then, too," said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics. "I hope this equipment provides a spark for these students' creative development, because that will stay with them and motivate them toward further achievements in music and in life."
In Tune Monthly CEO Irwin Kornfeld remarked, "Peavey's dedication to music education really made this happen. We're pleased to know that this Peavey equipment will be used by students in this school district for many years."
Founded in 1965, PeaveyR is one of the world's largest manufacturers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey holds more than 130 patents and produces more than 2,000 products, which are distributed throughout the United States and to 136 other countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrixR, Architectural AcousticsR, PVDJR, Crest AudioR and Trace ElliotR brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in more than 3,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.