Tesla Raises Money For Foresthill Music Program


March 20, 2008

Members of the legendary Sacramento-based heavy metal band Tesla will play to a packed house Saturday night to protect a small town’s school music program.

The idea for the benefit concert came from Foresthill musician Paul Holdgate, who once shared the stage with Tesla as lead singer of the band Montrose.

Holdgate has two children in Foresthill schools and worries about how budget cuts in general impact school music programs.

“I don’t want to sit there and grumble,” said Holdgate. “I want to take action and do something about it.”

The music program at Foresthill’s three schools owes its very existence to non-traditional funding sources.

In 2005, a local woman donated $300,000 to start the program from scratch.

Music teacher Lori Ibrahim was delighted when she heard about the latest fundraising effort. The sold-out show at Pistol Pete’s in Auburn will raise at least $12,000 for the program.

“It’s nice to have that community support,” Ibrahim said.

An early manager of Tesla who is given credit for much of the band’s success also lived in Foresthill. Steve Clausman died of lung cancer in December at the age of 67.

Saturday’s concert will be dedicated to Clausman’s memory.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Foresthill schools music program can send a donation to:

# Music in the Schools
PO Box 728
Foresthill, CA 95631

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