ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Four years ago, a school in Rochester received a gift from a renowned musician. On Friday, the Rochester City School District’s World of Inquiry School gave its thanks.
In 2018 the “Keeping the Blues Alive” foundation, which was started by Joe Bonamassa, created the “Round Up For Music” fundraiser. The program filled several music classrooms with $10,000 worth of new music equipment. The music room was named the Joe Bonamassa Music Room at a special ceremony in 2018.
One of those classrooms was here in Rochester at the World of Inquiry School. Benjamin Rybolt, a music teacher at the school, said this has given students a unique music education experience.
“It just lets us bring more opportunities to students in the building outside of what you might typically see in school music programs,” Rybolt said. “So for students to be able to play more popular music — more vernacular music — and learn an instrument that they can take with them outside of school when they finish up.”