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Tue, Jan. 21

Letter: Everyone helped make 'Music Memory' fly


The Yavapai Symphony Guild, in its 33rd season, had the Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra play a full hour concert for almost 4,400 third- to fifth-graders at Tim's Toyota Center.

The folks at Tim's knocked themselves out to accommodate us, from Debbie Marks, the director of Marketing, to Scott Rabke, who spent the night in the arena to make sure that all was set up properly for us and the orchestra, to Brent and his assistants who set up the sound-board and "miked" the orchestra, to John and his crew who made sure we could all see, and to Dick and all his security people who manned the doors and the parking lots full of buses!

On our end, the volunteers from the Guild who mentored the kids for several months under the leadership of Dave Neuman, music teacher from Coyote Springs elementary, including 10 honor music students from Tri-City Prep High, to our logistic guru, Barbara Rice, the Director of the music memory program and co-founder of the Guild, Anne Solt, to our grant writer extraordinaire, Shirley Baskin, I stand in awe!

We cannot forget to thank the many folks who contributed financially to this effort: to The Daily Courier, who gave us "their sponsorship day" at Tim's Toyota Center, to our own parent, the Yavapai Symphony Association, and the board President, Keith Norby, who encouraged us in this leap of faith, to the Freeport McMoRan Copper Co. in Bagdad, to our own Prescott Acker Trust and Mayor Jack Wilson, and City Council and the many in town who contributed a few dollars each to help us in this massive undertaking.

I was thrilled that the school superintendents from Chino Valley, Humboldt and Prescott Unified School districts came to the concert.

Carol Friedman, President

Yavapai Symphony Guild

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