Join 99.9 KTYD in supporting Santa Barbara’s students!


In an effort to support public school music programs in Santa Barbara, 99.9 KTYD Morning Mojo’s Lin Aubuchon and Bill Pesso will be broadcasting live from the 99.9 KTYD studios on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm and from the patio of The Creekside Restaurant & Bar on Friday, Oct. 26 live 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Here’s how you can Keep the Beat for Santa Barbara schools:


Pay to Play:

Donate $25 or more and pay to play your favorite song dedicated to that special someone. To donate during the Radiothon, donate online or call (805) 284-9125 or (805) 229-1717.


All Pay to Play and instrument donations will qualify for a grand prize drawing for two tickets to FOUR different concerts during the 2019 Santa Barbara Bowl season.


Donate an Instrument:

Do you have an instrument gathering dust? Donate your used instruments into one of our drop-off locations to put it directly into the hands of a student in our local school music programs.


Become a Sponsor:

Show your support of music programs in public schools as a sponsor of the 9.99 KTYD Keep the Beat Radiothon! You will be recognized as a sponsor for an hour during the broadcast and have an opportunity to pitch your business or organization to radio listeners during an on-air interview! To sponsor, download our sponsorship form and contact Melissa Davenport by at (805) 284-9125.









Support music education in the schools! Make a donation to Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s KEEP THE BEAT program simply by clicking on the DONATE NOW button or by calling (805) 284-9125.

You probably know that music education has been proven to raise self-esteem and hone creativity. You probably know that music education develops critical thinking, creative problem solving, and teamwork. And you probably know music education helps students achieve in other academic areas such as science, math, and reading.

But did you know that music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school? Research reveals strong correlations between quality music education in school and academic achievement. Not only that, music keeps students engaged in school and less likely to drop out. These are just a few of the reasons the Santa Barbara Education Foundation believes so strongly in preserving music education in the schools.

Since 2003 the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has been Keeping the Beat – raising funds to pay for music instructors and finding funding for the purchase of more than 500 instruments.

Back in 2003, devastating budget cuts threatened the elementary instrumental music program. Thanks to the response from local and regional funders, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation was able to raise more than $500,000 to keep music alive in Santa Barbara’s public schools.

Today all K-6 students are receiving one 30-45 minute lesson each week with a credentialed music teacher with curriculum’s that align with the California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts.

Today our Santa Barbara public school children receive:

  • K-2: Orff based instruction in music, singing, rhythm, and movement.
  • 3rd grade: Recorder
  • 4th grade: Violin
  • 5th grade: Instrument of choice. Students may continue on violin, switch to another string instrument, or begin on a band instrument.
  • 6th grade: Students will continue to play the instrument they chose in 5th grade.

Thank you, Santa Barbara! Without your support, thousands and thousands of our public school students would be missing out on the benefits of music instruction.

For more information about music education, visit


Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 answers questions posed by Cleveland Elementary School students:

Rey, 6th grade: How old do you have to be to play in a rock band?
JC: I think you can be in a band no matter how young or how old you are…I think a band that had really young kids and really old people together would be really interesting.

Frank, 5th grade: What was your first instrument?
JC: My first instrument was the piano.

Aura, 5th grade: Would you ever consider a trombone in your band? (Miss Maddy wants to know too!!)
JC: We’re open to any instrument being a part of our band…

Emily, 5th grade: How much do you practice/rehearse?
JC: Here’s a good quote about practicing: “If you don’t practice for a day, you can tell… If you don’t practice for a week, your band can tell… And if you don’t practice for a month, your audience can tell.”

Guillermina, 5th grade: What is the best part about being in a rock band?
JC: The best part about being in a band is being lucky enough to get to travel all over the world with your best friends.

Dalia, 6th grade: Is it annoying when people ask for your autograph?
JC: No, it’s not annoying. I remember asking for autographs from my favorite musicians when I was a kid, so I totally understand how someone might want our autographs and we’re always happy to sign things for anyone.

Marco, 5th grade: What is the best song you ever wrote?
JC: I love all the songs that I’ve written or helped to write. They all mean something different and make me feel a certain way.

David, 6th grade: Who was your inspiration or who is your favorite musician?
JC: The Beatles are my favorite band of all time. And Stevie Wonder is my favorite musician.

Seth, 5th grade: On a scale of 1-10, how scary is it performing on stage?
JC: It’s not scary at all anymore. I recommend that everyone just get up there and start performing all the time so that it becomes as natural as playing music alone in your room…ALOHA!!!!



With support from the City of Santa Barbara.