Electrify Your Strings event possible after donation from Johnson City Honda

Johnson City Honda owner Joe Trujillo presents a check to Johnson City Schools’ Orchestra Guild President Jennifer Barnett.

The generosity of Johnson City Honda will allow Johnson City Schools orchestra students a unique opportunity.

Johnson City Honda owner Joe Trujillo presented Johnson City Schools Orchestra Director Susan Lambert with a check for $7,000 to help fund the opportunity for Johnson City Schools’ orchestra students to participate in an Electrify your Strings workshop and performance. The three-day workshop for students in grades 5-12 will be hosted by Grammy-award winning electric violist and founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Mark Wood.

“The generosity from Johnson City Honda is amazing,” Lambert said. “It has allowed us to bring in guest artist and Grammy-award winning artist, Mark Wood. It’s really amazing for these kids to see a true artist who has gone out and been successful. He is teaching them a new genre, especially with orchestra and our standard acoustic instruments.

“He does a lot with the students in teaching them to improvise and come up with their own melodies and feel very comfortable in doing that. It also opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for these students in expanding their musical education.”

Trujillo said it was an honor to even be asked to donate to such a worthy cause and he and his staff were more than happy to provide the funds.

“We believe in school development and being a part of it,” Trujillo said during the check presentation. “For these kids, this event and workshop is their basketball season. They deserve as much recognition as the guy who jumps at center court. We are proud to be a part of this.”

Electrify Your Strings (EYS)is celebrating its 20th year during the 2019-2020 school year and is a music educational phenomenon that inspires students, teachers, and local communities by injecting a high-voltage dose of rock into a school’s music education program.


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