"They had nothing. All they

"They had nothing. All they had was a vocal group. They didn't have any instruments," says Flea, who graduated in 1980, two years after Proposition 13 was passed and school arts programs began getting the ax. At Fairfax, Flea was a member of the jazz band, orchestra, marching band and choir. If those programs hadn't been there, "for me it would have been completely devastating because that was the only reason I went to school." Performing at Fairfax 20 years later, he says he felt "shaken up about it. There was just no music for kids in public schools."
Flea is opening a music conservatory in Silverlake.

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