Banjos and Bourbon 
Green Music Center's Annual Benefit Celebrating Music Mentors



 The Green Music Center celebrated music mentors and educators with its annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Dinner guests were treated to a pre-concert meal inspired by flavors of the south at Prelude Restaurant and Patio. The main event of the evening was a concert in Weill Hall featuring hip Americana band, Bumper Jacksons. Following the performance, the party continued outside in the Trione Courtyard with festive tunes, delicious bites, dancing, and signature cocktails outside under the stars.

The 2018 annual fundraiser was a celebration of the hard work and dedication of music mentors everywhere, who spend countless hours instilling the beauty, magic, and inspiration of the performing arts in the hearts and minds of their students. As part of our mission to educate, connect, and inspire the North Bay and beyond, the Green Music Center is committed to building strong relationships with music educators in our communities. Because they make a difference. And together, we can do even more.

Thank you to all our community supporters for participating in our annual fundraiser. Events like this help ensure that we can support programming, as well as amplify our outreach and education. The evening was supported through the generosity of lead underwriters Connie Codding and the Codding Foundation, Henry Hansel and Hansel Auto Group, and Admiral James O. Ellis and Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell. Further support was provided by underwriters Basin Street Properties, Henry Beaumont/PCD Inc., John Boland & James Carroll, the Donald & Maureen Green Foundation, The Press Democrat, and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Beer, food, spirits, and wine sponsors included Bump City Bakery, Finlandia Vodka, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Seismic Brewing Co., Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Valley of the Moon Winery, and Woodford Reserve.



Sonoma State Univeristy Music Professors 

Sonoma State Univeristy President Judy Sakaki addressing our crowd of supporters, univeristy officials, and music mentors before the performance. 

Bumper Jacksons brought the party to the event with their hip Americana beats.
1.) Green Music Center Board Member Mark Elcombe and wife Kathie Elcombe 2.) Executive Director Jacob Yarrow, President Judy Sakaki, and Chair of the Board of Advisors Henry Hansel

After performaing in Weill Hall, Bumper Jacksons led the crowd out, in New Orleans marching band style, to the Trione courtyard where they continued to perform during the party in the courtyard. 

Specially crafted drinks for the event