When Mill Valley resident Gabe Burczyk moved his financial services firm WrapManager from San Francisco to 319 Miller Ave. in 2018, he did so to deepen his roots here, but also to spread the company’s wings a bit beyond the innovative financial services tools that bring the benefits of investing with money managers to a broader group of investors via data, transparency and service.

“Having been a resident and starting my family here in Mill Valley, purchasing our building on Miller Avenue was an opportunity to be closer to home and to participate in the community more fully,” he says. “Having been involved in arts and music in San Francisco for so many years, supporting those types of events is very close to my heart – and I wanted to have some fun!”

With that in mind, WrapManager launched Assembly, its community-facing entity that largely focuses on arts and cultural events and seeks to open up its open format first floor to a variety of local events.

One of those ventures is to provide a space for 3 O’Clock Rock school, a kids-centric music program focused on band classes and private lessons for students ages 7 and up. Billy Ribak, whose wife is WrapManager Chief Operating Officer Valerie de Vol, has partnered on after-school enrichment programs and summer camps with a number of schools and community churches in Marin, including Glenwood Elementary, Fairfax Community Church and St. Luke’s Church in San Rafael, among others.

Ribak says the school is focusing this fall “on writing our own songs for a new record called 3 O’Clock Rock Takes You to Dinner!, with students from all over the Bay Area – the school also has programs in Oakland, San Francisco, Orinda and Berkeley – writing songs about their favorite foods and local eateries.”

“Once the songs are practiced and well rehearsed, we will record them and put them all together for a release on 3 O’Clock Rock Records!” Ribak says. Here are some of the students’ songs from the prior summer session.

3 O’Clock Rock students may learn the basics on drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals, write an original song, draw concert posters and album artwork and learn to complete songs and prepare for a Halloween show performance on Thursday, October 31 at Assembly, 319 Miller Ave.

Burczyk says it’s a perfect fit. “At WrapManager, helping investors find fulfillment in their lives and families with the aim of finding their own personal financial security is personally rewarding for us,” he says. “We hope that by supporting arts, music, nature, education and creating a space to gather may help us all to thrive.”

The 411: 3 O’Clock Rock music school is launching a program in Mill Valley at WrapManager’s Assembly space at 319 Miller Avenue. MORE INFO & SIGN UP.

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