Music Van Program

Musical Petting Zoo

The first encounter with our Music Van programs is the Petting Zoo. What is the music van? A literal van full of musical instruments that travels distances far and wide! A typical petting zoo has many instruments for both children and adults to enjoy. Well-loved (and well-used) trombones, trumpets, violins, and even a cow bell can be found buzzing and squawking in our charming “corral.” 

The Petting Zoo is available at community events around the county such as Children's Day in the Plaza, Paso Pops!, Avocado & Margarita Festival, Stone Soup Festival, BravoSLO at the PAC, library events, and more.

Please see below for information on how to schedule a petting zoo.

Music Van Presentations

Our nationally acclaimed Music Van will be visiting 3rd - 4th grade classrooms in San Luis Obispo County beginning January 2018. Tours go until March 2018, so sign up  below to ensure your place on our schedule!

A visit from the Music Van to your school includes a lesson by a Symphony trained presenter and the chance for each and every child to try our collection of musical instruments. 

Our Music Van presenters prepare an entertaining and educational demonstration about the instruments of the orchestra, how sound works, and the relationship between the size and shape of the musical instrument and the sound it makes. Following the presentation, the hands-on fun really begins when we give students a chance to try ALL of the instruments in the van!  Trumpets, trombones, violins, cellos, percussion, and more!  Music Van presentations last about 45 minutes and up to two may be scheduled in one day.

The cost of a Music Van presentation is $125 (up to two presentations) and we do ask each school to provide three adult volunteers per presentation to assist the Music Van presenter. Volunteers are needed to help unload the van, pack up the van, set-up, clean-up, and supervise students during the presentation and musical petting zoo.

How to Book the Music Van

Be sure to reserve your Music Van visit early as registration is on a first-come first-served basis. To make reservations for your school, please fill out this reservation form and contact our Music Van Coordinator, Randall Shanks, at

If you are an organization other than a school (i.e. library, club, etc.), please contact Music Education Director, Abraham Perez, at


What are people saying about the Music Van Programs?

"...this was a fabulous event. What a great opportunity for the kids to be able to get their hands on the instrument and just give it a go. It was so special to see. Thanks for the opportunity!" - music van parent volunteer

Sponsored by:

Janssen Youth and Sports Fund 

Rita's Rainbows