Break of Reality, a cello rock band from New York, has created a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a music education tour around the country, which would include a stop in Davis.
The band has partnered with 12 high schools to give free educational workshops and free public concerts in April and May in hopes of raising awareness for music education in public schools. The band’s proposed tour would land it in Davis on May 7. Its members would work with music students at Davis High and also perform a free evening concert, open to the public, where the band would take donations at the door. All of these donations would go to the music program at DHS to purchase new instruments, repair old instruments and invest in new technology for its music rooms. If the tour is funded, the concert will take place at the Mondavi Center.
Break of Reality has given hundreds of educational workshops and performances since forming the band in 2003. Cellist and founding member Patrick Laird has been passionate about giving back to the music programs where he got his start.
“While growing up, the other members of Break of Reality and I had very supportive public school music programs,” he said. “If it weren’t for those programs, we wouldn’t have continued on to start our band and ultimately become professional musicians.”
Break of Reality needs to raise $48,000 for the tour to happen. This will cover the tour’s many expenses, including travel from New York to Texas to California to Chicago, and many places in between. The band is seeking support from the Davis community to reach its goal. To make a pledge to Break of Reality’s “Music Education Tour” Kickstarter campaign, visit www.BreakofReality.com or Kickstarter.com, search for “Break of Reality,” and click on the project. Incentives for giving to the project range from signed copies of the band’s albums to having the band play an acoustic concert in your home.