Duncan Reid is ready to start painting his guitar! Duncan is a local Norwood artist and music enthusiast. Reid attended Rhode Island School of Design as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. Duncan states, “Through scholastic activities such as music, students are able to gain practice and experience by using the tools of their educations, and I am pleased to take part in something that helps to support that.” For more info on the artist please visit bit.ly/2LiWqSa!
Dawn Evans Scaltreto of Watertown, MA picked up her guitar! We are so excited to see the final product and where her artistic skills take us! As a musician and artist, Dawn was drawn to GuitARTS and our mission. She has previous experience with public art that can be seen throughout Boston Children’s Hospital. For more info on the artist please visit bit.ly/2LmGcaL!
Ned Connors from Boston, MA picked up his guitar! Ned is an undergraduate at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA majoring in illustration. He is excited to be a part of our mission to keep music in schools throughout New England! For more info on the artist please visit bit.ly/2NH0RCT!
Our good friend and former Del Fuegos drummer, Woody Geissmann, has received his guitar! After spending many years in music and the visual arts, Woody found Right Turn, an innovative substance use disorder program. For more info on the artist please visit bit.ly/2uJVEDA!
World-renowned artist Thomas Dunlay picked up his guitar! We are so lucky to have Thomas be a part of GuitARTS! Thomas studied art at the Massachusetts College of Art. Thomas has a studio on Nantucket Island where he teaches his own workshops and paints original pieces. For more info on the artist please visit bit.ly/2LKDxnr!
Music Drives Us is so lucky to have world-famous children’s book author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds paint one of our guitars for GuitARTS! This past weekend, Peter Reynolds began phase one of his rockin’ masterpiece. Peter is a great friend to Music Drives us and we can’t wait to see where his whimsical and fantastic imagination takes us!
Music Drives Us was the official charitable beneficiary of Boston Calling for the second year in a row! Boston Calling Music Festival was a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring the biggest and best acts in live music, comedy, and visual arts. It was held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA on May 25, 26, & 27, 2018. Thank you to all who supported us by purchasing the sold out Sunday VIP Tickets from us.
There was a great turnout! We were able to sell our Signature and Classic Guitar Pick Bracelets while informing people of our mission to keep music in our schools.
A big thank you to the staff and organizers of Boston Calling for making this all happen. We truly appreciate your support!
Music Drives Us received a heartwarming letter of appreciation from Lowell High School, one of our 2017 Grant Recipients! During the last grant cycle, Debra Caverly, a member of the Lowell High School Choral Arts Parent Group, applied for a grant to support the school’s Choral Arts program that was in need of new instruments & equipment for their pit band and risers for their show choir.
Music Drives Us was able to provide the pit band with amps, a digital piano, a hardshell keyboard, a drum & cymbal set, and other great equipment. The grant was also able to fund three new risers for the show choir to perform on.
The students were overjoyed with the new instruments and equipment. One student’s statement truly encompasses everyone’s feelings at Lowell High: “I’m extremely happy to see that the show choir, and the pit band, were gifted with new materials to revitalize our love of music.”
The Student Stage Manager was also positively affected, saying, “Having this new equipment makes me have a new pride within our school and the name Lowell High. When I have to tell other schools that we do not have to use their drum kit or piano, I feel this sense of pride. That pride comes from knowing that people believe in us.”
Music Drives Us was thrilled to have been able to support such talented and deserving students. Keep up the good work, Lowell High!
On Wednesday, May 30, Music Drives Us made a special grant site visit to the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, MA!
The Curley K-8 School originally received an Organizational Grant back in 2015. Music teacher Melanie Bourgeault single-handedly started the school’s music program and was in need of funding to sustain it. Now, years later, the Curley School has brought an additional music teacher on board and has many musical opportunities including a general music class, a band program, a choir, and an annual theater program.
With the expansion of the music program, Curley K-8 School recently applied for an Instrument Grant, requesting funding for unique instruments students might not otherwise be exposed to. Some of the instruments MDU was happy to provide include a tabletop electronic drum kit, cajons, djembes, conga sets, fiberglass shekeres, lap harps, rainsticks, and more.
It was wonderful to see the students play and enjoy their new instruments! Keep it up, Curley!
We are so excited to announce that Live Like Steel Panther For A Day is now live on Charitybuzz! This package includes a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the members of Steel Panther! Join Michael Starr, Stix, Lexxi, and Satchel for an inside look at what their lives are like as rock ’n’ roll legends. Steel Panther will sign and personalize a black acoustic guitar just for you. Not only will you meet the band at an exclusive pool party, but you will also watch them perform a special set for a live broadcast on WAAF, Boston’s number one rock station. After the set, you and three friends will be transported to the House of Blues, Boston to enjoy a VIP experience! Here, you will hang out with the band and get a picture with them before they take the stage. You will also get a signed 8x10 glossy photo of Steel Panther to take home with you, as well as first access to merch shopping. Bidding for this unbelievable experience starts at just $500, and all proceeds from this auction benefit Music Drives Us! You don’t want to miss this chance to hangout with the hard rockin’ quartet! Bid now!