October 12, 2020 I Philanthropy
Gibson Donates Guitars to Montana High School
Gibson Gives, the charitable arm of Gibson, has partnered with Gallatin High School in Bozeman, Montana, to help music education students this fall. Gibson representatives and country music artist Stephanie Quayle presented the young guitar players with a donation of 24 hand-crafted, high-quality, acoustic guitars from Gibson’s Bozeman facility to Gallatin High School’s music department and pledged their continued support to the students.
“Music is such a powerful influence in all of our lives and learning music has such great benefits to brain development,” says Erica Schnee, principal, Gallatin High School in Bozeman. “We are so appreciative of Gibson’s generous donations, which allows us to offer guitar classes to students at both high schools and provides them with a creative outlet within their academic schedule.”
Quayle, a Bozeman native, was honored and moved by her involvement in this gesture toward music education. “Amidst such unprecedented times, one thing I am sure of is the healing power of music,” she said. “When I think of my Gibson, it’s more than a guitar. It’s my best friend, my confidant and vessel to share the greatest language we all speak — the language of music.”
James “JC” Curleigh, president and CEO of Gibson, feels this continues the company’s legacy well. “For the past 125 years, Gibson has been synonymous with creating, supporting and inspiring sound for all generations and genres of music with our guitars,” she said. “We are proud of our latest partnership in music education between Gibson Gives and Gallatin High School, and we look forward to supporting the next generation of musicians and songwriters in Bozeman.”