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June 9, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Volunteer worship leaders at Journey Community Church in La Mesa have been teaching students at La Mesa Middle School to play instruments and create their own bands in what is called “Rock University.”  The after-school program was instituted three years ago as school funding dried up for music classes in the schools. The music team at Journey – all accomplished musicians – decided to fill in the gap and give the free lessons to students who have never experienced playing music.  This event is the recital/concert for nearly 20 students who have gone through Rock University this past school year and takes place Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Journey Community Church.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door, with all proceeds benefitting the music program and Haiti missions. More than 10 music leaders participated as volunteer teachers.

“We decided to contribute what we do best to our community and share ourselves with the middle school kids,” said Tim Martin, worship leader at Journey Community Church. “Many of these kids have never held a musical instrument before and some are now in their third year of working with us.”

The concert will feature selections by the students, by the Journey band, and combined efforts together.

“We love music and believe that creating music is what reflects the nature of our Creator – it’s the way we express being made in God’s image,” said Jason Denison, worship pastor at Journey. “We’re going to playing some rock favorites onstage, including ‘Safe and Sound’ by Capital Cities, or One Republic’s “Marchin’ On.”

Journey Community Church is located at 8363 Center Drive in La Mesa, CA 91942. For ticket information, call the church office at 619-464-4544.

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