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Madison M. Performs for Long Beach’s Veteran’s Day Appreciation Potluck!

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, Notes for Notes of Los Angeles had the honor of performing for Long Beach’s Veteran’s Appreciation Day Potluck!

The free event was held at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. and organized by the following non-profit organizations: RaiderNation, the Chinese American Citizen Alliance Youth Council, and the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce. Notes for Notes of Los Angeles was invited to by the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce to provide youth performers for the event!

Vocalist Madison M., 13, performed Bruno Mars’ “Count On Me”, and shared her feelings of appreciation and gratitude for the veterans who fought for our country.


Madison also sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” with the young, mezzo-soprano, Karen Shi, who was a guest performer for the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce!

After the live performances, everyone had a chance to meet and talk with the veterans. It was a humbling experience for us since we got to learn more about the veterans who fought hard to protect our country. Our Program Director, Cathy Cortez had the chance to meet some of the veterans and had a delightful encounter with one of Metal’s all-time lead singers, Katon De La Pena from HIRAX, who was also there to show support and appreciation for the veterans.

Notes for Notes of Los Angeles had a memorable experience at Long Beach’s Veteran’s Appreciation Day.  We’d like to give special thanks to Dora Leung, Winston Wu, and Janet Yu, for giving Notes for Notes of Los Angeles the opportunity to participate in RaiderNation’s Veteran’s Appreciation Day! We look forward to many more events and collaborations in the near future!

Edwin Receives New Guitar!!!

Over the past year a great partnership has been developing between Notes for Notes and The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. We have been doing great work in New Orleans and Cleveland, but none is more evident of the great work our two organizations are doing together through our very own member Edwin Alvarez.

Over the past year Edwin was able to participate in the Music Forward Bringing Down the House program where he was one of five performers to play at the Wiltern Theater in downtown LA. Not only did his performance impress, but his professional prowess and drive made him stand out and he became very close with his instructors. I’m happy that Edwin has maintained a relationship with all the Music Forward staff and continues to perform and have increased opportunity.

This week another amazing opportunity came from the Music Forward Give Back program where musical instruments were given to students all across Los Angeles. Once again Edwin was front and center and was able to receive a Martin acoustic/electric beautiful dreadnought guitar! Worth nearly $1,000 this is a resource and an instrument that Edwin and all the recipients of instruments would possibly not have had access to otherwise.

Now these artists have an opportunity to hone their craft even more with professional equipment to take their artistry to the next level. It’s truly amazing what programs like Music Forward offer for young developing artist; they really do help foster the next generation of artists.

With new guitar in hand, Edwin couldn’t help himself and closed the night out with a beautful performance of his original song Nuestro Destino.

Thanks to the work of Notes for Notes and The House of Blues together we are a making a difference in young artists lives! A very special thanks to all of the Music Forward staff here in LA for keeping such a close relationship with Edwin and Notes for Notes.


Signing off,


Notes for Notes Recruits Psychedelic Band, Apollo!

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Notes for Notes of Los Angeles recruited its newest group of members, a psychedelic band from LA called Apollo!

Apollo consists of four members: Gus (Vocals), Adrian (Bass), Noel (Drums), Matt Wolf (Guitar), Noel (Drums, and Samuel (Keyboard). Their sound consists of a combination of Jazz Fusion, Classic Rock, Blues, and Experimental. Some of Apollo’s musical influences include The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Mac DeMarco. With their music, Apollo aims to expand the consciousness of their listeners to speak with them in a way unlike any other.

Notes for Notes of Los Angeles is really excited to welcome Apollo into the studio! We look forward to developing them as a professional band and promoting their music in the community!

Happy Halloween From Notes for Notes!

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Notes for Notes and the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley celebrated Halloween with all club members!

Everyone met at the gym and showcased their awesome costumes for everyone to see! There was also a judging panel who awarded prizes for the most interesting and original costume!

It was very exciting to see Notes for Notes and BGC members with their halloween costumes! The staff and members got to enjoy an afternoon of spooky fun. 🙂


We look forward to halloween next year!

Notes For Notes Performs for the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce!

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Notes for Notes of West San Gabriel Valley partnered with the Boys and Girls Club WSGV to perform the National Anthem for the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce!

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The Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce hosted its State of the City Address, led by the Honorable Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian. The Mayor spoke about the status of development projects in the community and shared with everyone that Monterey Park was chosen as #3 for best place to live in the U.S.A by Money Magazine!

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For Notes for Notes of West San Gabriel Valley, it was an honor to have our members celebrate such a momentous moment with the Mayor and active residents of Monterey Park. Andrea J., 13 and Karen S. were excited and thrilled to sing the National Anthem to valued members of the community. Notes for Notes is very appreciative of the opportunity and we look forward to collaborating with the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce in the future. Notes for Notes and the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley would like to give a special thanks for President Dora Leung of The Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to perform.

Notes for Notes Participates in Teen Center’s Game Night!

On Friday, October 20, 2017, The Boys and Girls Club’s Teen Center hosted Game Night, an event where teens from 12 and over were encouraged to play awesome video games with their friends!

Notes For Notes decided it would be fun and exciting to host Guitar Hero and participate in the Teen Center’s Game Night! It was a great way to get new members into the studio and have them see how awesome the Notes for Notes studio is!


Jose V. Jams On The Drums!

This week Notes for Notes of Los Angeles would like to acknowledge a special member of the studio who has a deep love and appreciation for the drums! Jose V., age 16, has been a long-term Notes for Notes member and visits the studio regularly to develop his drumming skills. Despite having down syndrome, Jose shows a great talent on the drums! Check him out jamming with one of our volunteers in the video below!


Mike “Tapping Ninja” Guerrero Visits Notes for Notes!

On Friday, September 29, 2017 Notes for Notes of West San Gabriel Valley welcomed heavy metal guitarist, Mike “Tapping Ninja” Guerrero, into the studio for a guitar workshop!

Mike “Tapping Ninja” Guerrero is a professional lead guitarist who specializes in tapping. He has toured with notable heavy metal bands like Hirax and Hellion, and is currently involved with the rising crossover thrash band, Taipan. Mike “Tapping Ninja” is also endorsed and a global representative of Aroma Music Co., a manufacturer that develops high quality digital music products and musical accessories.


At Notes for Notes, Mike Guerrero met some of our younger youths and took the time to jam out with him. Our youths were thrilled to collaborate with Mike and had a great time! They got to hear famous classic rock hits like Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”.

We look forward to hosting a formal guitar clinic with Mike “Tapping Ninja” Guerrero and special guests Cathy Cortez and Monique Gonzalez on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.



Notes for Notes Participates in Cal State LA’s Agency Fair

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Notes for Notes of West San Gabriel Valley participated in Cal State LA’s bi-annual non-profit internship and volunteer agency fair!

Cathy Cortez, Program Director of Notes for Notes West San Gabriel Valley represented the organization and spoke to both undergraduate and graduate students about the opportunities, resources, and benefits that come from volunteering for Notes for Notes. Most than 30 prospective applicants left their contact information and were excited to volunteer for a music non-profit organization that provides free access to musical instruments, professional instruction, and recording studio environments.



It was a great day and Notes for Notes of West San Gabriel Valley looks forward to collaborating with local members of the community.