Music Matters Events
FREE Summer Concert
- When: Sunday, July 23rd, 1 — 3 p.m.
- What: FREE Concert, Music Matters
- Who: Performers from Abilities Without Boundaries Music Program Band
- Where: Señor Pancho’s Prospect
- Why: Come out and support our individuals! Enjoy a yummy meal with some tasty tunes!
Thank you to all who attended last year’s summer concerts at Señor Panchos restaurant in Prospect. A variety of student musicians performed, including our own AWB Music Program Band. Our individuals work hard in their music therapy classes. Performing in public offers them a chance to showcase their talents, contribute to their community, and have fun!
AWB’s Music Program Band participants have performed for AWB board members, donors and spouses. Performing in public helps people better understand our individuals’ capabilities and creativity.
Concerts are Free. However donations in any amount are most appreciated. Fundraising from our band’s appearances supports purchase of instruments, lessons for the individuals, transportation and the support staff required by some of the performers. AWB is also looking for donations of used musical instruments. John Ingrassia, a Cheshire music teacher and rock-and-roll performer helped create a music program at the nonprofit. This event will also showcase some of his other student musicians.
As part of its programming, AWB is building a music therapy program for individuals the organization serves. Amanda Barnes, AWB executive director, said, “In our music room hangs a banner reading, ‘When words fail, music speaks.’ We see over and again how music reaches even our non-verbal individuals.” She said public performances like Sunday’s are an important part of the music therapy program, “Performing in public boosts confidence for our individuals and helps the public better understand their capabilities. We hope this in turn leads to more work opportunities for our individuals. Self-advocacy is another of our important program offerings.”
Coverage of our August Performance in Republican American Newspaper:
(Note: scroll over image then click arrow at the bottom left of the article page to see page 2)
Reprinted with permission.