This past summer, a group of 25 dedicated students spent hours of their vacation time rehearsing and recording the theme song from Star Trek Into Darkness, composed by ETM-LA Advisory Board Member Michael Giacchino. Their hard work certainly paid off, since a few weeks after recording they were asked to perform the theme song once more… but this time, at a much larger venue – the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles!
The students were thrilled to participate in a special halftime show for the Los Angeles Sparks' first-round WNBA playoff game vs. the Minnesota Lynx. It was a special, memorable event for the students and their parents alike, and a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about Education Through Music-LA and its mission to provide equal access to high-quality music education as part of the school day to students in disadvantaged communities across LA County.
Besides learning new music, the students also did some research into Star Trek and its characters. 5th Grader Eloise remarked, “My favorite character is Uhura because she’s a very powerful and smart woman. I’ve been with ETM-LA since kindergarten and I think the cello is a really cool instrument.” Luca (6th Grade) has been playing percussion for two years, and shared his love for performing and Star Trek. “It’s really fun to perform and I just love playing overall. I love how Star Trek is involved in space because I want to go to space someday. I love how they’re determined to accomplish a mission to go where no man has gone before. My favorite character is Captain Picard because he’s a good captain and he’s a really loveable character.” Samuel (6th Grade), “I like seeing how we can be like in the future, exploring new planets. My favorite character is Mr. Spock because he always keeps a level head and always uses reason to solve his problems. I like playing the violin because it mostly has the main parts and it’s more challenging.”
Fifteen-year-old José, an ETM-LA alumnus who played trumpet in the ensemble added, “I found another person in me. Ever since I started music I became a different man. It was like a light switch… my life has changed, everything has been good for me, and I just feel ever so lucky.”
Our students must have been a good luck charm, since the Sparks won the game 75-68! Check out our Photo Gallery and YouTube channel for video of the full performance.
Thank you for your continued partnership to create lasting change and impact for our students, so they may have equal opportunities for a successful future!