For almost 10 years, Rotary Club's Talent showcase proceeds have assisted The Carpinteria Rotary Club’s Charitable Foundation to purchase instruments for the elementary and middle school music programs in the Carpinteria Unified School District.  Since 2013, we have raised $34,000 for new musical instruments and $2500 to refurbish used instruments.  
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Here’s some important updates!
  • The Talent show has been Re-scheduled to Saturday, April 21st this year due to recent disastrous events that have affected Carpinteria and the surrounding area
  • Local News Celebrity, John Palminteri, will once again be our Master of Ceremonies for the event.  (Will his puppet doppelganger join him on stage?  You’ll have to wait and see the night of the show!)
  • This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit Carpinteria Disaster Relief Fund, directly helping families who have suffered economic loss or job displacement via direct monetary assistance, day care assistance and food relief.  The majority of the showcase proceeds will continue to support local music programs as it has for almost a decade.
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 Notes from our 2017 Talent show season.......
This last summer the foundation delivered 27 new instruments that included violins, cellos, alto saxophones and trumpets.  In addition, through our used instrument program, we refurbished and delivered 37 used instruments, many with new cases. While this money has purchased instruments that have made a difference in many children’s lives, many more children have come forward expressing an interest in learning to play music. Through the efforts of Tom Pavia, music teacher for the middle and elementary schools, more students are now expressing an interest in the music program.  Unfortunately, with so many interested kids and too few instruments, children share or go without an instrument to play.
Interestingly, research has repeatedly found that learning to play a musical instrument significantly improves academic skills including memory enhancement, mathematics, hand-eye coordination and interpersonal communications skills.  Beyond academics, the study of music and playing an instrument improves personal discipline, boosts self-esteem, and introduces children to new cultures.
At our request, Tom Pavia compiled a wish list that includes timpani and orchestral gongs, baritone horns, French horns, tenor saxophones, oboes, violas and a bass clarinet.  In addition, we hope to provide a Shell-Sound Reflector System to enhance the acoustics during rehearsals and performances.