Blaine, WA (October 11, 2005)–Guitar Gear Heads is proud to announce a partnership with Chad Kelly and Mark Williams from PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. to help those guitar players from New Orleans who lost all their instruments and equipment in the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina. In the last week, Guitar Gear Heads has acquired guitars and related gear from manufacturers such as Alesis, Greg Bennett Guitars, Dean Markley Strings, Takamine Guitars, G&L Guitars, LR-Baggs, Ice Pix, and Evidence Audio.
President and director of development at Guitar Gear Heads, Gary Allen had this to say about the program: “We believe that music can be a very healing outlet of creativity for those who have gone through this crisis. The rich culture of music that has come from New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta area is something that must be allowed to live on during these trying times. We are extremely proud to be a small part of the efforts to help keep this music alive in people’s hearts.”
Kelly lives and works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has seen the effects of the hurricane first hand. Many of his musician friends lived in New Orleans and are coming back to a total loss. “I’m glad to work directly beside Guitar Gear Heads in the effort to bring a little music relief to the many folks who lost their gear in this flood. I know what it’s like to lose all of my gear and have to start over, that’s what a lot of folks are dealing with now,” said Kelly.
Kelly and Williams from PreSonus Audio, Inc. are working on their own as the point men to find people in need of instruments and distributing them for Guitar Gear Heads. “Their location in the Baton Rouge area makes both Chad and Mark great assets to this cause” said Allen. “We are very grateful for their efforts and we could not pull this off without them or the support of the manufacturers who are donating these guitars and gear. They are the real heroes.”
Guitar Gear Heads is asking all involved parties that are giving or planning to give to the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) or other such agencies, to please not short that contribution to be a part of our program. We feel that the services rendered by these types of organizations are far more important than what we are striving to achieve. Participation in our program should be above and beyond any planned contributions to aforementioned groups.
We would also like to encourage people to look into giving to the “Mr Hollands Opus Foundation” to help get instruments into the hands of students. Visit NAMM (www.namm.com) for more information on this great organization they are supporting by matching contributions.
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