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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Drummer Lobbying For Music Education

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Drummer Lobbying For Music Education
3/3/2013 2:35 PM ET

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is advocating on behalf of music education for public schools in Washington, D.C. Smith will join forces with the National Association of Music Merchants next month when the group holds its annual Advocacy Fly-In at the nation's capital where they push to increase federal support for music education.

According to NAMM, as districts struggle with shrinking budgets and increased regulations, music programs are often first on the chopping block, despite the proven positive impact that it has on American children.

"I am a perfect example of someone who's been musically educated exclusively throughout grade school, middle school and high school by the public school system," Smith explained in an official statement.

"If there hadn't been a music program in my public schools, I would not be where I am today. Every kid — and I mean everyone — needs a chance to learn and grow with music."

Smith is slated to speak to NAMM delegates and guests at the U.S. Capitol on March 19. He will also meet with members of Congress the next day on Capitol Hill.

by RTT Staff Writer

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