Eddie Van Halen Gives 75 Guitars To School Kids

Eddie Van Halen spoke on CNN Tuesday, February 21, about his gift of 75 of his old guitars to the charity Mr. Holland's Opus, the organzation made famous in the 1995 film starring Richard Dreyfuss. The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation was created by the movie's musical composer, Michael Kamen, in 1996.  

In an interview that also included Mr. Holland's Opus President and CEO, Felice Mancini, Van Halen said he had a hard time finding a place to donate his guitars. "It was very difficult at first to find a charity that would take them," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said. "They all just wanted money."

"Could you imagine a world without music? It's a must," Van Halen told CNN's John Vause during an interview Tuesday. "It has to be taught."

Van Halen actually made the gift of the guitars several years ago, but just spoke about it Tuesday on CNN. 

Mr. Holland's Opus gives 1,800 instruments away each year, primarily to low-income schools. The organization is always looking for more instrument donations, even if you are not Eddie Van Halen. 

Find out more about Mr. Holland's Opus and the great work the organization does to keep music alive in our schools:

Click Here to Visit the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation's Website


Watch the CNN interview here:


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