On Tuesday March 6, Music Drives Us visited the Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton, MA to witness the music club perform with their new instruments and equipment. The school wrote to Music Drives Us in need of instruments and equipment for their expanding music club. Music Drives Us provided their club with: electric guitars, bass guitars, amps, brand new cymbals and hardware, microphones, keyboards and a drum kit. Before the donation from Music Drives Us, the students were utilizing the staff’s personal gear for the past five years.
Nicknaming themselves the “Boch Stars”, the students showed MDU that the instruments and equipment are being put to good use and that they certainly know how to rock! We had such a great time attending the assembly. It was so inspiring to see the talents of the music club and the impact this grant had. Keep up the good work and rock on!
To view the entire album, we invite you to visit: https://mdu.smugmug.com/MDU/Mary-Lyons-School/n-qnh3Z3/
On Tuesday February 6, Music Drives Us presented Horizons for Homeless Children in Roxbury, MA a $10,000 grant for their Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) residency program. The program, Expanding Horizons Through Music, is a literacy-through-music residency in which artists from YAMA lead interactive music sessions for the children at Horizons for Homeless Children. YAMA is a non-profit with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts.
Expanding Horizons Through Music helps close the kindergarten preparedness gap for children who are homeless or live in extreme poverty in the Boston area. We are thrilled to be able to support this wonderful program, and help secure its presence at Horizons for Homeless Children!
Our friend Jackie Bruno of NBC Boston sat down with the legendary Joe Perry to discuss the importance of music education and his plans for 2018.
On December 16, Music Drives Us took on round two of an incredibly charitable weekend!
The Dropkick Murphys’ Christmas Party was at Plainridge Park Casino and it was a big hit! The party featured an excellent performance by the Dropkick Murphys, followed by a boxing fight in the downstairs racing room.
The much anticipated fight highlighted the talents of Mark DeLuca, who won the fight! He achieved the amazing record of 20-0 and won the WBA Super Welterweight North American title (NABA) and the IBA World Title. Niall Kennedy co-headlined the night of boxing and reached a record of 10-0 and won the IBA America title. Big congrats to Mark and Niall!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Dropkick Murphys for generously supporting Music Drives Us alongside their charity, the Claddagh Fund, with the proceeds of the night. Also a big thank you goes out to all who attended the party! We truly appreciate your support of our mission of keeping music in our schools.
On December 15, Music Drives Us was lucky enough to host An Evening with Joe Perry! The legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer performed a charity concert to benefit Music Drives Us right here in our hometown of Norwood, MA.
This fundraiser was a rare and intimate experience held in Ernie Boch Jr’s hangar in Norwood Airport. It was an incredible night filled with crowd favorites and some tunes to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. For those who were not able to make it: check out our Facebook page for the video we broadcasted live!
We would like to thank everyone who came out for this rockin’ event! All of the proceeds from these great events and fundraisers benefit Music Drives Us and our mission of keeping music in our local schools and communities!
We are proud to announce an upcoming holiday event that you won’t want to miss! On December 16th, Music Drives Us and the Claddagh Fund will be presenting the Dropkick Murphys and Murphys Boxing Christmas Party at Plainridge Park Casino. The Dropkick Murphys will be playing covers, crowd favorites, and classic holiday songs upstairs in the casino’s ballroom. The night will wrap up in the downstairs racing room with a boxing match. The night’s fight will feature Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca (19-0).
The party will be from 6pm-9pm, and the boxing is planned for 8pm-12am.
You can purchase tickets here.
Proceeds from the night will benefit Music Drives Us and the Claddagh Fund, the Dropkick Murphys’ charitable foundation.
On November 2, Music Drives Us celebrated the launch of the "Love to Give Holiday Shop" at Neiman Marcus! It was a fun and festive night! Joe Spaulding from the Boch Center made a moving speech about the great things the City Spotlights Teen Leaders have accomplished by utilizing the arts. A big thank you to the teams at Neiman Marcus Natick and Boston for choosing to support our mission this holiday season.
The Holiday Shop is open for am limited time--November 2 until December 24--and 10% of in-store sales will benefit Music Drives Us and the Boch Center Teen Leadership Council. Thank you for considering to support us during your holiday shopping!
View the entire photo album of the launch party here: smu.gs/2iIo49U!
On October 13, Music Drives Us took over Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA for our fourth consecutive year! Professional makeup artists transformed our generous volunteers into ghouls and zombies, and the mansion featured various haunted themes throughout the rooms. We had a blast!
Music Drives Us received a portion of the proceeds. We are so thankful to have had this opportunity again with the wonderful team at Barrett's! View the entire album at smu.gs/2lIcGzP!
Bid now on this black Dean acoustic guitar, signed by the legendary heavy metal band Megadeth.
All you have to do is visit register here, and place your bid! It is as simple as that!
Megadeth has sold over 25 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in five of their studio albums, and received over 10 Grammy nominations. They won their first Grammy in 2017 for the song “Dystopia”.
Donated by: Music Drives Us
We have some exciting news! From now until August 1, we will be featured on Charitybuzz to auction off an Epiphone guitar signed by the legendary Slash of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver! The proceeds will benefit Music Drives Us and our mission of keeping music in our local schools and communities.
All you have to do is visit http://bit.ly/2usBi2D register, and place your bid! It is as simple as that!
As a musician, artist, philanthropist, and iconic rock figure, Slash has amassed album sales nearing an astounding 100 million copies along with a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations, plus countless other accolades, accomplishments, and acknowledgements.
TIME magazine named Slash as number two, second only to Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.”