at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music (MI) have a new
opportunity to experience PRS gear when they walk on campus. The school
received six electric guitars, one acoustic guitar and seven amplifiers
from Paul Reed Smith Guitars to be used in the school’s recording,
rehearsal, performance and classroom vignettes.
To celebrate the
partnership, Paul Reed Smith personally paid a visit to students
studying in GIT, the guitar program at Musicians Institute, during a
PRS Day. Orianthi (guitarist of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It Tour”)
joined Paul and wowed more than 400 students while demonstrating her
new signature model PRS guitar—the SE Orianthi. Orianthi performed with
Paul and Mike Clark from PRS, as well as with instructors who
accompanied her on bass and drums in an impromptu jam session.
had a blast meeting all of the students at the GIT PRS day. There was
definitely a lot of love for playing the guitar in that room, and I
hope to come back again soon,” said Orianthi.
“I loved being at
GIT. The student musicians were so receptive and enthusiastic, and it’s
an incredible feeling knowing they will be part of our future,” said
Paul Reed Smith.
PRS President Jack Higginbotham, PRS PR/Media
Manager Rebecca Eaddy, and MI’s Director of GIT Jude Gold spearheaded
the musically inspired partnership and worked together to create a
special, up-close and personal PRS Day for the students at MI.
Higginbotham and Gold worked closely to create an arsenal of the best
PRS instruments for the school to share with students as they learn to
make their living doing what they love.
“The event was
spectacular on many levels,” said Gold. “In Paul Reed Smith, you have a
pro-guitarist and industry pioneer who can articulate his own successes
into life lessons anyone can take inspiration from, especially
guitarists. On top of that, Paul, in one of the most generous gear
donations in MI history, put a truckload of his finest guitars and amps
in the hands of the next generation of guitar professionals plus
brought in Orianthi, the electric guitar’s brightest young star, for an
exclusive clinic. It’s an event no MI student will ever forget.”
donation of PRS guitars included a Custom 24, the guitar model that put
PRS on the map. Several of PRS’s newest electric models were part of
the donation as well, including a Hollowbody Spruce, the retro-inspired
Starla and Starla X, the 305, as well as a new Angelus cutaway PRS
acoustic and several amplifiers from their new line.
Musicians Institute has been a world leader in contemporary music
education, providing cutting-edge resources in its state of the art
facilities located right in the heart of Hollywood, the capital of the
world music industry. Its dynamic curriculum is current, comprehensive
and compatible with the needs of students who not only desire to study
music, but also build a career in the music industry with the knowledge
they learn on campus.