Music Drives Us Present …
Thrashing Through the Snow
an exclusive acoustic performance of holiday songs and Megadeth
Friday December 16th - Hard Rock Cafe in Boston
18+ to Enter - 21+ to Drink
Music Drives Us is excited to announce that heavy metal legend Dave Mustaine of Megadeth will be performing on Friday, December 16 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. This is a once-in-a-lifetime acoustic show where Dave will not only be performing the band’s hits, but also holiday classics.
A limited number of tickets are available. Music Drives Us is also offering exclusive VIP tickets that include an eat & greet with Dave prior to the show. All of the proceeds from this special event will support Music Drives Us and their mission of keeping music in New England schools.
When I entered City Spotlights on July 5th, I had no idea I would make so many memories, make so many friends especially in a short amount of time. I’ve made strong bonds with people I never thought I would be friends with. Music in this program has impacted me as an artist and has inspired me to be more outgoing as a singer and to have the confidence to sing, dance, and act in front of the public. Music is so powerful because it can change people’s perspective, especially when it’s a song that has a message to it and helps better understand people’s perspectives on issues.
When I was young, music has always been there for me, especially creating memories. I have been singing since I was five years old. I remember listening to my father sing and play guitar. Hearing him play made me want to accompany him every time. When I was in middle school, I started to write my own songs because I could express myself more through songs and melodies. When I heard there was a performing arts program that would pay me for what I love to do, I wanted to audition. It was the best decision I ever made.
When I participated in City Spotlights last summer, I felt like I was in this other magical place surrounded by amazing artists and positive minds. One thing that I really loved about City Spotlights was learning advocacy skills through the performing arts. We really developed those skills as an artist to learn to make a change through our art. When we went to the State House to advocate for more arts in schools, we had the opportunity to speak to the President of the Senate, Stan Rosenberg. I felt amazing because we were talking to important people and they were actually listening to us, rather than disregarding our opinions just because we were teenagers. After City Spotlights, I have become more confident with myself and more confident as an artist.
Ever since I was young, music has always been part of my life. It was something that connected me and my mom. To this day I connect to it. It is my way of relaxing, my way of zoning out. Most people find their passion in sports, school, dancing, painting, and other hobbies. Music is where I express myself the most.
When I first moved to Boston, I was always scared for people to see the real me, but it didn’t turn out to be that way. It was during the last couple of months of school when I heard about the Citi Performing Arts Center’s City Spotlights Leadership Program, a summer job program that develops leadership skills through the performing arts. Just the idea of performing for people sounded like so much fun. I just had to sign up and do an audition. The whole summer was amazing. I got to express my personality in so many ways. I was a little intimidated by all the great singers, but they made me feel so comfortable.
During the music specialty, we created original music not only to represent ourselves individually, but everyone in the whole community. The songs and music brought us together to open our eyes about issues we care about. That is why I put my passion towards something that will make a change in the world. I was so upset when City Spotlights ended because it was like a whole other family that I got, and I was so excited to learn I could join the school year program, Teen Leadership Council.
Citi Performing Arts Center’s Teen Leadership Council for me was just like City Spotlights except a smaller amount of people. We also focus on one major topic, which just happens to be the influence of power on self-image. Music was always number #1 for me, but City Spotlights taught me more about spoken word, dancing, and acting. Now I am applying my experience to Teen Leadership Council.
I have grown so much from these programs and I am thankful for them and the people I have met. I always grew up shy and I didn’t like to put myself out there but now I am the complete opposite. These programs have taught me so much, but the one thing that I now see every day is that no matter who is putting you down or who tells you that you can’t do it, don’t believe them. You have a chance. A chance to make a difference and a change to prove someone wrong. You were created to do something great, so show the world who you are.
At the very beginning of the school year, I would gather with my students each day and we would create music with what was available to us. We would tap out patterns together and take turns around the conga drum. We listened to the symphony and sang songs. Music is everywhere, but unfortunately everywhere does not always mean our schools. Our school was fortunate enough to be able to build a music program again while many schools continue to abandon the arts in attempts to save their budget. Although we were lacking in physical resources, we had the most important resource of all: a supportive school community ready, willing, and eager for a full music program.
One day Music Drives Us showed up to our classroom. From that day forward everyday was like Christmas in music class. I slowly began to unveil the instruments which we had been gifted and each week new excitement bubbled over often resolving in cheers and eager smiles. We took the knowledge we had stored up in our first weeks together and shared the process of applying it to our xylophones, boomwhackers, and bucket drums. I watch as they made connections to instruments and music they see at home and in their communities. Hands fly up each day with a story of their families and friends that share similar passions.
In a school of 925 it could be very easy to feel overwhelmed or to focus only on the students that pass through your doors. At the Curley we work very hard to care about not just ourselves, but each other and our school. As a new teacher in the building, music has allowed me to connect with teachers that once had, or still do share a passion for music. I spend my mornings at the piano, my door open, welcoming my students and others that drop in to listen or say hello. I look forward to the times when the middle school students, who I do not currently teach, poke their head in for a moment and smile before they wander up to class. My own students often stop in and ask questions about what I am playing, the piano, and if they can try too. Music allows us all to connect, relate to one another, feel at ease, and begin our days together.
Through music, I hope to continue to build relationships with the students and staff at the Curley. This has all been made easier and more successful thanks to Music Drives Us. They have become part of our musical story and a part of our Curley community.
Music teacher at The Curley School
As the principal of a K-8 School I value the importance of educating the whole child and music education is an integral part of a well rounded education. The Music Drives Us Foundation, through their generous donation, has assured that 925 students have access to a high quality music program. The supplies and materials they helped us acquire were necessary to start a music program at our school. Their support has energized our community and created excitement around the importance of music in our school. We would not be where we are today without Ernie Boch Jr. and the Music Drives Us Foundation.
The Curley School
(on the right – Alex Figueroa )
My name is Alex. I’m a teen that lives on Martha’s Vineyard and I spend most of my time at Alex’s Place and most of the time I spend there, I spend playing guitar. I am self- taught but I will be taking classes at Alex’s Place thanks to Music Drives Us. I also meet informally with the high school music teacher Mr. Tinus.
I started playing when I was ten or eleven years old. My dad inspired me to play guitar. He learned how to play guitar at the teen center when he was a kid. So I am sort of second generation self taught in my family.
Playing music moves me in many ways. Its my emotional vacuum cleaner; it helps me when I am going through tough times. Whenever I play music it may not wipe it completely away, but is helps a lot and calms me down. Whenever I get “that song” that I have always wanted to learn how to play, it gives me chills because it makes me feel like its possible for me to accomplish anything you put your mind to.
Being able to take music lessons at Alex’s Place on our awesome new guitars thanks to Music Drives Us is only going to make things better for me and others who need music to keep their lives balanced.
Grantee from Martha's Vineyard YMCA
Join us on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA to experience New England’s top haunt! A portion of the proceeds will go to Music Drives Us in order to keep music education thriving in our schools.
We are currently seeking volunteers for this event. If dressing up and haunted mansions sounds exciting, then this event is for you. As a volunteer, you will become one of the ghouls or goblins that haunts the halls of Barrett's Haunted Mansion! You will have your make up professionally done by trained make-up artists and provided with a very creepy costume. To volunteer, please contact: email@example.com
We would like to thank everyone who attended the Music Drives Us 10th Birthday Bash on August 13, 2016! We were surrounded by hundreds of our closest friends, most generous supporters, and past grantees to celebrate this exciting milestone.
The birthday party reminded us how far we have come since our inception. During that first year in 2006, we received 12 grant applications. Press fast-forward to 2016, and we had 181 grant applications submitted to our grant cycle! During these 10 short years, we have had the opportunity to donate $1.2M to programs that support and assist veterans, students, those overcoming illness, at-risk youth, and countless other individuals and organizations interested in using music as a tool to effect positive change for people of ages. This speaks volumes of how far music has come to be so much more than just entertainment or a hobby in our communities.
We owe our volunteers and sponsors a special thank you for going above and beyond to make this special night extraordinary. We couldn’t be more appreciative of their valuable time and dedicated efforts that made this event one that we won’t soon forget.With the first 10 years behind us, we look forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring!
Hall Of Fame Sponsor: MiCorp
Platinum Artist Level Sponsor: Sullivan Tire and Auto Service
Grammy Level Sponsors: North Mechanical Services, Inc., Dennis K Burke Inc, South Shore Millwork
Moon Man Level Sponsors: HFA l Allevato, J&R Auto Body Supply, Arthur Cole Painting Corp, Manheim New England
Rock Star Level Sponsor: New Hampshire Peterbilt, NorthStar Construction Services Corp., Merrimack Design Associates, Consider It Dunn, Inc., J.L. Marshall, W.B. Mason Co., Danielson Glass Co., AutoStone Floor Systems,WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Instant Sign Center, Hannon Electric Inc., Angelini Plastering, Inc., Columbia Construction Company, Black Lab Alarm
Additional Sponsors: Improper Bostonian Magazine, KEEL, Wicked Good Cupcakes, Roche Bobois USA, Chloe Wine Collection, Blue Hills Brewery, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co., Kanes Donuts