The foundation awarded $20,000 dollars worth of instruments to Arrowhead Elementary School. The school received the donation in response to a grant application.
The donation means some student will no longer have to share their instruments.
"There are kids out there that really want to play that just can't
afford it and here they are, here's the instrument, put it in their
hands and just watch them go. Maybe some of them won't be great
musicians but so what - it's something that they're doing that they
love," said Cooper.
Jackie Moran, a student at Arrowhead Elementary said, "Music is like
my life. I love music so much. We didn't really have a lot of
instruments at our school so I'm really happy that we got it."
Cooper, who grew up in Glendale, told the school board that his band started while he was a student at Cortez High School,
"The amazing thing is is I see these kids here everybody's got their
instruments like it's a prize. You can take this away. Their culture is
involved in their art and their music."
"Basically to get kids in gangs out of gangs and into music,"
explained Cooper. "We feel that if we can change one 13-year-old kid
that will change everything. I mean there's a kid out there right now
probably selling drugs that might be the best guitar player in Arizona.
He just doesn't know it. So we're gonna put the guitar in his hand and
say try this."
While addressing the school board, Cooper had this message for the
students in the audience: "Music is way important guys so all of you
kids that are learning right now stay with it it's gonna be with you the
rest of your life, calculus probably won't be."