Kofi Burbridge Music Matters Fund

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"On Friday, February 15, 2019, we lost a loving friend and brilliant musician, Kofi Burbridge. In remembrance of the immeasurable contributions Kofi made to our lives, our band, and to the world around him, we have chosen to honor his legacy through the creation of the Kofi Burbridge Music Matters Fund. We can’t think of a better way for all of us, in partnership with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, to carry on his inspirational spirit than with our ongoing efforts to support music education."
-Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tedeschi Trucks Band

As a keyboard and flute player, composer, arranger and two-time Grammy winner, Kofi Burbridge earned respect and love from audiences, bandmates and a broad network of musicians. Kofi’s musical genius was evident at a young age, initially pursuing a career as a concert flautist before venturing into jazz and popular music. Developing his seemingly limitless abilities with the guidance of influential music educators and mentors, Kofi went on to play on a wide range of tours and recordings after graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Kofi eventually became a member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, which led to his connection with Derek Trucks. Kofi joined The Derek Trucks Band in 1999, fostering a musical kinship that kept Kofi and Derek on stage together for almost 20 years, as he helped establish Tedeschi Trucks Band alongside Derek and Susan Tedeschi. In Kofi’s career he utilized his formal training as the foundation for his endless creativity as an improviser and composer to establish himself as a musician of unparalleled depth, clarity and purpose. His impact on those around him and his many contributions to the evolution of DTB and TTB were profound and will always be a part of their sound.

In our continuing mission to support music education, we established this fund for Kofi in partnership with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to increase access to instruments and music programs for thousands of youth across the country. With your support, the Kofi Burbridge Music Matters Fund can inspire young students, and foster the talents of musicians to make their own contributions to the world, just like Kofi Burbridge did.

For many years now, we have advocated on behalf of public music education. In 2018 alone, through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, our contributions to music programs in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Jacksonville, Florida included 55 new instruments valued at over $80,000.

To make a donation by phone or mail, please call 818-762-4328. Thank you for your generosity.

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“We were both fortunate to have instruments available to us when we were young. Sadly, this is not the case for so many students these days, at a time when having the tools to express creativity is so vital to their education.”
- Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi



The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, and providing vital services to school districts nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education, leading them to success in school, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. Over 22 years, more than 28,000 instruments have been donated to 1,525 schools across the country. https://www.mhopus.org/

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