VGL & Alfred Bring Video Game Music To Schools!

Award-Winning Video Game Music Now Available for Concert Band, Marching Band and Orchestra

Los Angeles, CA – March 27, 2006

Alfred, the leader in educational music publishing, and Video Games Live™, the first major video game concert tour, have teamed up to bring the music from award-winning video games to music education programs all over the world. Now band and orchestra educators will be able to purchase concert band, marching band, and orchestra arrangements of the soundtracks to top video games, some of which are also performed by live orchestras during the Video Game Live concert tour.

“Alfred is always looking for new ways to inspire kids to experience the joy of making music, and the music coming out of the video game industry is amazing,” said Andrew Surmani, Vice President of Marketing and Managing Director, School & Church Publishing. “We look for music that is not only beautifully written, but will appeal to students and music educators alike.”

Alfred teamed up with the creators of Video Game Live, famed composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, to secure licensing agreements from major game publishers. “This is a great step forward in our goal to bring the popular music from games to our young fans. Video Games Live is a concert experience for the entire family and for video game fans everywhere. We want to give kids the opportunity to play their favorite music from our show for their friends and family,” said Wall.

The 2006 Video Games Live concert season debuted at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose on Friday, March 24th to a sold out crowd as the closing event of the Game Developer’s Conference.  For future tour dates, please visit http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=dates.

For more information about Alfred’s release of game music for music education programs, visit alfred.com.

For more information about Video Games Live visit videogameslive.com.

VGL/Alfred poster image available here:  http://www.videogameslive.com/gallery/flyers/VGLposter?full=1



ABOUT ALFRED

Since inception in 1922, Alfred Publishing remains dedicated to helping people experience the joy of making music. With hundreds of expert authors and composers backed by a talented staff in seven offices worldwide, Alfred publishes educational, reference, pop, and performance pieces for teachers, students, hobbyists and performers spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level.

Alfred currently has over 60,000 active print, DVD, software, general MIDI, audio CD and enhanced CD titles in circulation throughout the world. Titles represent a full range of musical tastes and styles, including the works of George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Madonna, Green Day, and hundreds more. In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes works from the National Guitar Workshop, the Dover Music catalog, Faber Music, and Myklas Music Press.

CONTACT:         Andrew Surmani
                         Vice President, Marketing
                         Managing Director, School & Church Publishing 
                         P: 818-891-5999, xt. 278  F: 818-830-6253
                         asurmani@alfred.com
                         http://www.alfred.com

ABOUT VIDEO GAMES LIVE™:

Video Games Live is a trademark of Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC. Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC is a front runner in the field of live game music performance. Working with the top games of all time, Mystical Stone has created a unique event of music, video, lasers, and lights in a live concert experience.  Video Games Live premiered on  July 6, 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl to more than 11,000 fans of video games and orchestral and choral music.  A global tour is planned for 2006.

Contact: Becky Young (becky@videogameslive.com)