Music Preserves Foundation hosts one-year anniversary party at Marine Room on Jan 23

Music Preserves Foundation is celebrating one year of music and cultural history education at the Marine Room Tavern in Laguna Beach on Thursday, Jan 23, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The party has a New Orleans-theme with festivities including the James Martin Band from New Orleans and complimentary New Orleans-style Sazerac cocktails. 

The new nonprofit achieved important milestones during its first year of operations through partnerships in 2019 with several music festivals in Dana Point: hosting a Music Preserves Stage at the Doheny Blues Festival, presenting interviews with musicians and blues historians; curating music for the Ocean Institute Tall Ships Festival Sails N Ales events; and introducing musicians on the Storytellers Stage at the Ohana Festival. 

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The James Martin Band to perform at Music Preserve Foundation’s anniversary party on Jan 23 

The foundation executed its Backstage Experience Program for high school music students at the Doheny Blues Festival and the Ohana Festival, where music students from local high schools chosen by their music instructors were able to have the opportunity to attend a festival and meet a headlining musician backstage and engage in inspiring discussions with the artists about music and the drive it takes to make it in the music business. Musicians participating in the program included The Allman Betts Band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Jonny Lang. High Schools represented included Laguna Beach High School, Dana Hills High School, Aliso Niguel High School, and San Clemente High School among others. 

Music Preserves Foundation achieved another important milestone during its first year of operations by creating and piloting its Music and Cultural History Education Program in fifth grade classrooms at Wood Canyon Elementary School in Aliso Viejo. The Capistrano Unified School District awarded a special recognition award to Music Preserves Foundation for the innovative program that chronicles the history of American music and weaves in cultural history, infusing the history of roots music with storytelling and facts about cultural influences that shaped the music. 

Co-founders of the organization Patti Compton and Anthony Small are excited to celebrate music and cultural history education in Orange County and invite the community to join in the celebration. 

“It has been a challenging project for sure, but we have been able to accomplish quite a lot in our first year. Both of us had important relationships in place prior to launching the foundation that allowed us to execute our programs right of the gate at the festivals and in the schools,” remarked Patti Compton, President of Music Preserves Foundation. 

Future plans include implementing the music and cultural history education program in additional schools and further developing and licensing curriculum in order to impact the lives and educations of as many students as possible. “The lessons are very impactful for the students. They are eager to learn more about music and cultural history each week. We are inspired by the results of our pilot program and the positive reaction we received from the students,” states Compton. 

“We are looking forward to celebrating our first year and significant accomplishments with our partners, friends, and supporters,” says Anthony Small, Executive Director of Music Preserves Foundation. 

Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Music Preservationist VIP tickets are available for $75, and include a pre-party from 6 - 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets, visit

Music Preserves Foundation inspires and educates our community through the preservation and presentation of music, providing cultural enrichment opportunities for the community and educational music and cultural history programs for students in Orange County. 

Marine Room Tavern is located at 214 Ocean Ave.