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Victor McElhaney Percussion Scholarship

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Victor McElhaney was senselessly slain on March 10, 2019, while walking to the store at a strip mall near the University of Southern California where he was a student at the USC Thornton School of Music. He began studying at OPC at 11 years old and decided to devote his musical education to jazz in his teens. After graduating from the Oakland School of the Arts, he spent 2 years at Cal State East Bay and transferred to USC his junior year, where he studied with Peter Erskine, Director of Drumset Studies.  “He had the touch, the feel and the musical understanding of a seasoned jazz musician,” said Erskine. Musicologist Lisa Cooper Vest, one of his professor's at Thornton captured Victor's ideas about music,  “Victor believed that music had real power to accomplish political and cultural good, and I hope that we can all continue that work now.”  And the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, remembered him this way, "He wanted to use his gift for more than just 'playing music, it was about bringing people together. We have a responsibility to him, to carry forth his vision."  Your donation will support children who are passionate about drumming and making the world a better place through music.