Nick Bowcott, Marshall's US Product Manager, was a long time friend of Darrell's and in addition to writing the best selling "Guitar World Presents Dimebag Darrell's Riffer Madness" guitar method book together, Bowcott also regularly performs a 15-minute "Tribute" medley of Dimebag's most well-known riffs and solos at memorial concerts and fund raising events in honor of the late, great guitarist.
Founded by former elementary school teacher David Wish, the Little Kids Rock organization's mission is to enhance elementary education through music. Focusing on students in schools whose music programs have been jettisoned due to budget cuts, LKR uses popular music forms such as rock, rap, blues and hip hop to inspire children to express themselves through music, building the creativity, confidence and self-esteem that are critical to success in school and beyond. They prepare teachers and youth workers to offer classes utilizing their unique methods and materials, and they even provide free musical instruments and trained instructors to students, especially to those who do not receive musical education as part of their regular school curricula.
Nick Bowcott, Marshall Amplification US Product Manager, stated, "Even though Dime wasn't a Marshall user, we considered him family and respected and loved him dearly because of the tremendous inspiration he has given to countless young guitar players and future players too. His inspiration was as profoundly impactful off-stage as it was on, thanks to his larger-than-life persona and passion. LKR is a wonderful organization and we're honored to work with David and Darrell's family in doing our small part to follow what Dime's spirit is ultimately all about - 'paying it forward.'"
Little Kids Rock founder David Wish stated, "It means the world to us to have these new Marshall amps for the program, and connections with such talented and beloved characters as Darrell continue to help our organization move forward in our mission to give today's youth and tomorrow's leaders the gift of music."