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Notes For Notes’ Announces First Annual Winter Recital


Join us for Notes For Notes’ first annual Winter recital Thursday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club in downtown Santa Barbara.

The showcase will be highlighting some of the Eastside Notes For Notes studio’s most talented youth musicians of the year.

For the last 2 months, numerous Boys & Girls Club students have studying musicianship and theory with the studio’s program director, David Rojas.The evening’s music will feature notable holiday classics by composers Irving Berlin, Thad Jones, Bob Wells, Mel Tormé and José Feliciano.

Beverages and snacks will be also provided at the showcase.



Photo Shoot With The Jazz Villains!

The members of the Jazz Villains had their first official photoshoot last Sunday with program director David Rojas and photographer Maxton Schulte.

The whole team drove around to unique locations in the Funk Zone and up the Riviera to one of Santa Barbara’s most prestigious houses known as Franceschi Park, which has a stunning view of the entire town.

Earlier last month Bre Wright, the program instructor and creative administrator, taught the band how to operate their social media pages and how to write emails to local venues in order to book shows. This photo shoot was intended for the Jazz Villains’ new website and official EPK.

Be sure to catch the Jazz Villains and Rent Party Blues Band tomorrow evening from 7pm-11pm @ Seven Bar in downtown Santa Barbara for the Notes For Notes fundraiser. Mark your calendar, it’s going to be fantastic evening of live music and beverages!

Check out the photo gallery down below. All photographs taken by Maxton and David.

Meet Lauren

Meet Lauren, 11

Lauren is one of our youth members at the Eastside studio who has grown to love learning the guitar and basic music theory.

After being a member of the Boys & Girls Club when she younger, her mother introduced her to Notes For Notes earlier this year. She is really passionate as a basketball player but wants to continue learning the guitar and to eventually learn the drums as well.

“I like having another skill like the guitar,” Lauren said. “The guitar is powerful — not as powerful as the drums but it makes me feel really good when I play it.”

Christian radio stations like 103.3 and 97.5 are two of Lauren’s personal favorites. The song ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’ by Khalid and “Life Is Short” by Switchfoot being her current jams.

“I get inspired when Switchfoot plays because they use a lot of guitars,” Lauren said.

For the last 7 months, Lauren has been getting guitar lessons from program director David Rojas and has hardly wavered in her attendance.

“She always comes to her lessons with an open mind, an eagerness to learn and a great attitude,” David said.

Later this December, Lauren’s first ever performance will be held at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club for Notes For Notes’ holiday showcase. She will be performing the classic “Feliz Navidad” alongside our other talented youth musicians.

We are truly fortunate to have such a positive and persevering student like Lauren. Stay tuned for our next youth member spotlight!

Meet Lorenzo

Meet Lorenzo, 9

Lorenzo is one of our youth members at the Eastside studio and has shown a strong passion toward the drums. His grandmother introduced him to Notes For Notes two years ago where he began drum lessons with Program Director, David Rojas. Since then, he has been at our studio every week jamming on the drums.

His gravitation toward the drums is solely founded by the loudness. When describing his experience playing the drums, the “action and exercise” is what appeals to him the most.

Despite his disinterest in performing live when he grows up, he has plans to learn how to play the electric guitar and the harmonica as well.

“I like the Notes For Notes because it’s famous and the studio has a lot of instruments,” he said. “I also like DJ-ing for fun on my electronic piano at home.”

The alternative rock band, Imagine Dragons and the electronic producer, Deadmau5 are his current favorites that he listens to. “I love listening to their music while I am doing my homework,” he said.

We are very grateful to have talented students like Lorenzo at our studio! We look forward to watching his progression as a young musician develop here at Notes For Notes.

Stay tuned for our next youth member feature!

“Be A Kid Again” Event At B&G Club

The Eastside Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara hosted a lovely cocktail event last week entitled “Be A Kid Again,” for all the parents and board members.

The evening included wine, snacks and live music by our very own Jazz Villains.

The Villains performed for a half an hour playing their most notable covers, featuring songs like “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb and “It Don’t Mean A Thing” by Elle Fitzgerald.

During the show, Program Director David Rojas gave the parents and board members tours of the studio. It was a great opportunity to show them the atmosphere of the studio, what instruments are available and also recordings by our youth members.

Enjoy these photos of the Jazz Villains performing live at the event:

Photos  by Maxton Schulte.

Thank You SB Polo & Wine Festival!

All of us here at Notes For Notes would like to give a big shoutout to the Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival! We are truly grateful for all of their support and generosity toward our organization. We had a lovely time running our Notes For Notes booth and assisting backstage as well. Looking forward to next year!

Intro To The Music Business

Last week, our program directors and instructors gave the Jazz Villains an introduction lesson into the music business. We taught the band how to write a bio, update their website, make an EPK, email and book shows and how to operate their Facebook and Bandsintown pages.

We believe that it’s truly beneficial for young musicians to have an understanding of not only basic musicianship but to also know how to manage themselves when performing in the real world. We are really proud of the Jazz Villains for how far they’ve come along this year!

Their debut EP is due for later this year, which will feature six tracks all recorded at the Eastside Notes For Notes studio! Stay tuned for more information!

Catch the Jazz Villains’ next show on Thursday, November 9th @ Seven Bar & Kitchen, in Santa Barbara alongside Rent Party Blues Band!

For more information on the Villains, check out these links below:

SB First Thursday With The Jazz Villains!

Jazz Villains performed in front of Marshall’s yesterday evening for Santa Barbara’s monthly First Thursday performances. The sextet played an engaging three hour set filled with standards and their original material.

On each first Thursday of each month, local galleries and art-related venues in Santa Barbara offer free access to visual and performing arts between 5pm and 8pm

Many people downtown stopped and listened to their performance and were absolutely stunned with how young and talented the whole band was.

Highlights from their set list included “Blue Monk” by Thelonious Monk, “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb, “It Don’t Mean A Thing” by Ella Fitzgerald, “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise” by Sonny Rollins and their original, “Baby, Yes, You Treat Me Right.”

Their debut EP is due for later this Fall, which will feature six tracks all recorded at the Eastside Notes For Notes studios! Stay tuned for more information.

Catch the Jazz Villains’ next show on Thursday, November 9th @ Seven Bar, in Santa Barbara.

For more information on the Villains, check out these links below:

Photos taken by Maxton Schulte.

JV’s Visit Pulse Drumming


The Jazz Villains were recently given a small tour of an awesome drum shop in Ventura. The store had three main rooms. One room was dedicated to product, second was for private drum lessons, and third room for group drumming workshops. Our members became very interested in returning to learn more about percussion. We look forward to our next visit.

Thank you Pulse Drumming for having us. We had a great time.

Please enjoy the pictures.

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Artist Visit: Guy Davis

Our studio was treated with our first artist visit this week! The American blues musician and actor, Guy Davis, treated us with a lively performance, featuring various blues songs and lyrical short stories.

When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. “It takes work making a song that’s simple, and playful, and easy to do,” he says. “And I don’t want people to see that. I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’.” (

Davis’ harmonica playing being the highlight for both the youth and staff members! His performance was very engaging. He even got students to sing and clap along with some of his songs.

“I love how he played the harmonica, I thought he was really great!” said one of our youth students, Angel.

We are truly grateful that Davis went out of his way to visit and perform at our studio! It was truly an amazing and educational experience for our youth members to meet a professional musician.