Musicians On A Mission California!
We believe that all kids should have the opportunity to own and play a musical instrument.
Musicians On A Mission California (MOAMCA) is a nonprofit music organization operated solely by volunteers dedicated to providing musical instruments, mentoring and other music-related resources to our community’s special young people. We work with schools, clubs and individuals and within this framework, veteran musicians also benefit through mentoring and sharing their professional and technical skills with these Kids. MOAMCA also hosts workshops and showcases for young musicians throughout the year at various community events and venues.
MOAMCA hosts fundraiser events and instrument drives on a regular basis with 100% of the monetary donations going directly towards furthering our cause. All of the musical instruments that are donated to Musicians On A Mission CA are inspected, repaired if necessary and gifted to kids in the community who express a need and show enthusiasm and commitment to pursuing their musical interests. Each of these Gift-away celebrations are also recognized by being posted on the MOAMCA Web site.
In Memory of Richie Moore
If music be the food of love, Play On – William Shakespeare
Richard Eugene “Richie” Moore who passed from us on August 14, 2019 at the age of 70, lived his lifetime guided by those words.
In 1959, Richie move to Thousand Oaks with his parents Jack and Betty Moore, older brothers Jim and Gary and younger sisters Carol and Cherie and graduated from high school there in 1967.
Like his dad, Jack, music became Richie’s heart and soul. In his earliest years he was already strumming a small guitar given to him by his mother Betty, and he began music theory and guitar lessons in 1961 by Mrs. Ferbie Simpson, the first known guitar teacher in the Conejo Valley. With a little help from a childhood friend, he taught himself to master the piano, beginning the journey with music that continued throughout his life.
His performance experiences inspired him to create Musicians on a Mission California (MOAMCA), a platform to help children develop their own musical dreams. It has developed into a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to give back to the community’s youth and schools by mentoring them and gifting them instruments they would otherwise not have. This is Richie’s legacy which will live on into the future.
Richie loved the outdoors, whether surfing, camping or earning money as a kid by mowing lawns and doing work for neighbors. He got a job working with and taking classes from an arborist instructor at Moorpark College which led to his own business “The Tree Doctor,” which served Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. Richie’s ability to envision and turn an oak tree into a work of art in his mind’s eye was a great gift.
Richie was a very special man whose love of music, sharing it as he did with his friends and the children he worked with, his appreciation of nature and the kindness of his heart are true gifts that he as shared with all who knew and loved him.
Richie is survived by his love of nearly 30 years, Lisa DiLallo; brothers Jim and Gary Moore and his sisters, Carol Anderson and Cherie Turner; many nephews, nieces and extended family.
Click this link for Memorial gifts in Richie’s name and honor made to Musicians On A Mission California (MOAMCA)
MOAMCA’s community outreach consists of sponsoring and getting involved in community events that encourage the growth of music and the arts while providing instruments, workshops and/or lessons to young musicians who may not otherwise have access or the funds. Musicians On a Mission California partners with individuals and organizations that encourage the development and recognition of our youth, especially in the area of learning to play a musical instrument and becoming an established musician.