Press Release: WannaBeatles Band Holds Tribute to Benefit MENC

Tennessee Area Band “The WannaBeatles” Holds Tribute to Benefit MENC: The National Association for Music Education

RESTON, VA (January 14, 2009) — The Nashville band The WannaBeatles will attempt to relive history on January 30, 2009 when they perform on a rooftop to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ legendary rooftop performance in London. A portion of the proceeds from donations and the sale of The WannaBeatles merchandise will benefit the MENC: National Association for Music Education, an organization that advances education by encouraging the study and making of music.

“The Beatles inspired us and a whole generation of kids to appreciate the gift of music,” said Dennis Scott, two-time Grammy winner and co-founder of The WannaBeatles. “This concert is a great opportunity to help pass on the musical torch and, through MENC, bring attention to the important role music plays in a child’s development and the need to support music in the schools.”

MENC Executive Director John J. Mahlmann said, “MENC: The National Association for Music Education is pleased to be associated with The WannaBeatles’ tribute to The Beatles’ historic rooftop concert in London 40 years ago. The celebration of the talent and inspiration of John, Paul, George, and Ringo truly embodies MENC’s mission to encourage the study and making of music by all.”

The original historic show by The Beatles occurred at noon January 30, 1969 on the roof of Apple Records’ London headquarters.

The Nashville, Tennessee show is sponsored by WNRQ FM 105.9, Darrell Waltrip Honda Volvo, The Songwriters Guild of America, and Whiting Publicity and Promotions. The free concert will be located at Rippy’s nightclub located at 429 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 on January 30, 2009 at noon.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 142,000 members and supporters include educators representing all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.