“Mario Solis Marich and the charity of AM 760”

Piano Pathways hasalways honored the mission of providing children, families, and individuals the opportunity to experience music where they otherwise could not enjoy. Piano Pathways has always been dedicated to providing music education, positive influence, and encouragement through learning to play the piano. President Ken Trujillo and listeners of Colorado’s Progressive Talkradio station AM 760 got to share with the community in the experience of giving back.

Mario Solis-Marich and the folks at AM 760 provided its listeners with a unique and fun way to receive a Kurzweil Digital Piano along with 8 weeks of piano lessons provided by Piano Pathways. Ken Trujillo was also allowed the chance to be interviewed by Mario on his show talking about the work and mission provided to underprivileged and abused children and the power of music. Besides the radio show AM 760 also provided information through the Progressive Club email blast and inclusion on the front page and contest page of AM760.net among other radio spots.

One of the primary mission of Piano Pathways is to work closely with other community agencies and AM 760 was a prime occasion to spread the word to the community that continues to provide Piano Pathways and its members and contributors the chance to allow our talents to be put to the use of those who otherwise would be without. A life-long passion and powerful vision are coming together thanks to the people at AM 760, you, our friends, and those that still believe that music together with passion can turn a child’s life around for the better.


“Expression of Joy at the King Center”

The question “What Music Means to Me and the World We Live In” might be one of the harder and more difficult essay questions; however the children who participated in the Colorado Piano Loan Program found the answers to be almost second nature. Children who participated in the “Colorado’s Gift of Music” program experienced an event that was one of a kind. Middle School and High School students were eligible to enter the first round of this giveaway event with resounding answers and visionary responses to the music of their lives. Five essays were selected per school by drawing and a totally of thirty semi-finalists were chosen.

The giveaway took place on the Auraria Campus in the King Center on the 6th of January, 2005. The semi finalists and their judges were in attendance. Local Jazz Pianist Pernell Steen, with Bass Plauer David Rucker, provided a musical interlude for the event including inspiration in their further pursuit of music. Ms. Tina Griego, Mr. Pernell Steen, Dr. Pius Kamau, Mr. Norman Provizer, Ms. Pauline Miles and Mr. Howard Pancoast made up the judges table and their expertise helped narrow the field of thirty semi-finalists down to a milder number of twelve. These finalists were then selected via lottery from a hat. The lucky winning students were:

Mia Fite
, 10th Grader from Montebello HS.
She received a Bergmann BE109 Ebony
Polish acoustic piano.

Tram Tran
, 12th Grader from Kennedy HS.
She received a Kurzweil RE210 digital piano.

Denzel Hudson
, 7th Grader from Morey MS.
He received a Bergmann BE109 Ebony
Polish acoustic piano.

Rigo Hernandez, 8th Grader from Kepner MS.
He received a Kurzweil RE210 digital piano.

Their faces say it all; from tears of joy to peels of laughter these children feel the privilege of having music in their lives and the gift of sharing that music with others through the gift of a piano.

Ken Trujillo, State Coordinator for the Piano Loan Program and director of Piano Pathway of Colorado stated: “We believe, through this effort, we can help perpetuate the Fine Arts Programs, as well as School Music Curriculums in Colorado. By setting this exemplary pattern within the music industry, we hope to encourage music retailers in other states to realize the need and to help other young students with this same type of opportunity”. Nothing comes close to seeing the joy from a child who realizes they can reach their dream and the experience at the King Center was one not to be forgotten for many years to come.


“One - plus one who cares
- is a majority!”


10677 West Centennial Road Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 948-3335

email: ken@pianopathways.org