Eddie Van Halen performs as part of their 2012 North American tour at Staples Center on June 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Eddie Van Halen surprised music students last Thursday at the Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles.

He told the 27 kids, "Music helps lift your self-esteem, it gave me an identity, kept me out of trouble, gave me goals and the desire to improve. It gave me a life. I am an example of what music can do for someone. What it did for me, it can do for you all. Anything is possible."

In addition to performing with them, he also, with the help of Fender, donated one of his signature amplifiers to the class and gave each student a gift bag filled with EVH brand picks, guitar straps, cables, electric guitar strings and a Frankenstein key chain. Eddie's visit came about after he attended a fundraising event a few weeks ago for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, where he was introduced to the school's musical director.