Les Paul Middle School in Waukesha to be dedicatedOctober 20, 2014 by Les Paul Foundation
The buildings that once housed Waukesha Junior High School and Waukesha High School, which Les Paul attended, will be dedicated Les Paul Middle School – Central Campus on Saturday, November 8th. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. CST at 400 N. Grand Avenue (across from the Waukesha Public Library.) Attendance to the event is by ticket only and seating is limited. Call 262-970-1433 to obtain complimentary tickets.
Les Paul changed the face of music when he invented the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording and endless recording techniques such as reverb, phase shifting and close miking. His innovative and mesmerizing guitar playing included licks, timing and chording techniques that continue to inspire guitarists.
Les always felt supported and encouraged by the people of Waukesha. He demonstrated his connection to Waukesha by insisting on being introduced as the “Wizard of Waukesha” when he performed weekly at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club. Les Paul’s final nod to his cherished hometown was choosing to be buried in Waukesha.
The renaming of the school offers students the unique opportunity of unparalleled inspiration to follow the footsteps of Les Paul and to attend the school he did. It was here that Les Paul dreamed big, explored ideas and asked questions. It was here that teachers and faculty members nurtured and guided the curious young Les Paul.
“Les often said that his teachers in Waukesha helped him discover answers to his endless questions about sound,” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “This was so important to him that it is even etched on the stone at his memorial. We are very proud of the Les Paul Middle School and are excited for the students.”
Local VIPS, dignitaries and the Les Paul Foundation Executive Director will take part in the dedication. Representatives from GE Healthcare, who consistently volunteer at the school, will be at the celebration. Les Paul’s music of Vaya con Dios and Brazil will be performed by the students. The official ribbon cutting will be done by school principal Rob Bennett, School District Superintendent Todd Gray, School Board President Joe Como, Les Paul Foundation Executive Director Michael Braunstein and Les Paul Foundation Program Director Sue Baker. Students will launch helium balloons with the school’s logo as part of the ceremony.
Row 4: Lester Polfus (Les Paul), 4th from right.