The California Symphony’s Music in the Schools Program

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Music in the Schools

A former captain with the United States Air Force, Mike Elmore serves as the principal, CEO, and president of Sun Mountain, LLC, a California-certified DVBE company based in Walnut Creek. Dedicated to helping his community, Mike Elmore supports such organizations and entities as the California Symphony.

Recognized for its high-quality concert programs, the California Symphony maintains several music education programs that are known across the country, including its Music in the Schools (MIS) program. This program has been operating since 1992 and primarily serves students living in Contra Costa County. Throughout the years, the organization has helped over 75,000 kids experience and learn about music through interactive performances.

The MIS program serves up to 3,500 students each year. Through the program, four ensembles visit participating schools and showcase different instrument groups found within the orchestra. These groups include brass, strings, woodwinds, and percussion. To augment this, teachers are also given student workbooks that are developed specifically for students between first and fifth grade. These workbooks supplement learning within the classroom and extend the MIS program beyond its ensemble visits.

Schools within Contra Costa County who want to participate in the MIS program can contact the operations and education director, Sunshine Deffner. The program strives to selects a different school within the county to participate in the program every year.


WWP Hosts Healthy Cooking Class

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Wounded Warrior Project

Operating out of Walnut Creek, California, Mike Elmore serves as owner and CEO of Sun Mountain, LLC, a company that provides professional and field services in the civil infrastructure and energy sectors. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mike Elmore supports the efforts of the Wounded Warrior Project.

In partnership with Publix and through the Wounded Warrior Project’s Physical Health and Wellness initiative, veterans were recently treated to a free cooking class in order to help them learn how to prepare healthy foods at home. Teachers were on hand to educate the veterans about how to determine the number of calories in their food, as well as macronutrient and mineral levels they need to be aware of when choosing dishes.

Veterans on hand expressed appreciation for the class, citing it as an example of how they can make small yet meaningful changes to their lives in order to become healthier. The event also served as a bonding experience for these wounded vets, who sometimes struggle to maintain social bonds after returning to civilian life.

Wounded Warrior Project Holds San Antonio Seminar

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Wounded Warrior Project

Based in Walnut Creek, California, Mike Elmore is the owner and chief executive officer of Sun Mountain, LLC, a firm that specializes in civil infrastructure as well as energy services. Outside of his work, Mike Elmore is a committed philanthropist and supports many charitable organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) recently held a comprehensive seminar in San Antonio, Texas, aimed at helping injured veterans deal with some of the common issues that plague them. They attended training workshops on important topics, such as mental health and peer support.

The role of peer support is particularly vital for wounded veterans, who uniquely look to one another for encouragement and mentoring when dealing with the challenges of reintegration into civilian life. The strength of their military bonds serves as an ironclad support mechanism as they look to recover from both their physical and psychological injuries.

Through events such as the one in San Antonio, WWP is able to offer numerous services to injured veterans that help address their physical and mental health, as well as their vocational training and social support.