Great news! Music and Kids has just formed a partnership with Help For Heroes to create the Joe Esparza Scholarship Fund!
Who is Joe Esparza?
Joe was a son, a father and a husband. He was a musician and a big part of our Lancaster community, and he worked for and supported Help for Heroes and Vets for Veterans. He was well known among first responders and veterans in the Antelope Valley, and the youth in the Antelope Valley knew him well because his son, Max, was just one of the many young kids he mentored.
When he asked Chuck Murphy to perform at a Vets for Veteran event, that was the beginning of Chuck getting to know Joe. Chuck quickly learned that Joe was the kind of man that gave back and he did just that until his passing in 2019. There are many people in the Antelope Valley that knew Joe and miss him, but few will miss him the way his 20-year-old son will miss him.
Max is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a heart of gold, and he is working hard to fill his father’s shoes without losing himself in the mix. We hope that Music and Kids can help in keeping his father's legacy alive by creating a scholarship fund in Joe’s name.
The Joe Esparza Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund would be used to fund free music lessons for the children of first responders in the Antelope Valley through programs offered by Music and Kids and Gabriel’s House in Palmdale. CA. Max, Chuck Murphy and the students of Music and Kids and Gabriel’s House will be doing both small and large fundraisers all year long and any other local musicians that would like to help us can join us.