CalArts music school named for Herb Alpert

April 9, 2008 11:23:09 AM PDT
California Institute of the Arts is naming its music school after Herb Alpert following a new $15 million donation from the Grammy-winning trumpeter.

The grant will pay for three faculty chairs, student scholarships and music programs - including a student-run record label - at the newly minted Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, school President Steven D. Lavine said Wednesday

Albert and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, pledged the money through his Herb Alpert Foundation, which has already donated some $9 million to the school.

The 73-year-old musician said CalArts impressed him from his first visit to the campus.

"Here was this place to take great leaps, to prepare artists to reach beyond what they know," he said.

Alpert became an overnight star when the Tijuana Brass released the trumpet-drive instrumental "The Lonely Bull" in the early 1960s. He and business partner Jerry Moss later formed A&M Records.

Albert donated $30 million to fund a new music school at the University of California, Los Angeles last year.