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Van Halen Gives Back to Music Education


Eddie Van Halen has been regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, but did you know that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer gives back to music education?

Van Halen has often spoken about the importance of music in his life and how it kept him on the right path while growing up. With tight budgets causing many schools to start limiting music programs, Van Halen felt the urge to take action.

Van Halen has donated 75 of his guitars to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to keeping music alive in schools. Since 1996, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has donated over $20 million in musical instruments to schools with under-funded music programs nationwide. Van Halen, and his brother Alex Van Halen, are listed on the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation website as multi-year, $100,000 and above donors. In addition to donating the guitars, the brothers have donated money to the organization.

The Van Halen News Desk recently released a video of Van Halen talking about his experience with Mr. Holland’s Opus. In the clip, Van Halen explained his desire to give back to the music community and the emotions he felt when seeing a student using one of his guitars.

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