• Bucket Brigade

    October 28, 2016

    I love Friday afternoons – not because the weekend’s coming, but because that’s when Mr. Greg’s Bucket Brigade class meets.

    We each get a five-gallon blue Lowe’s paint bucket that we turn upside down. Then we bang out rhythms on the bottom of the bucket. There’s just something so elemental and visceral about banging on a drum, even if it’s not a real one. It makes me think of that old Todd Rundgren song, “Bang the Drum All Day,” and its chorus: “I don’t want to work/I want to bang on the drum all day./I don’t want to play/I just want to bang on the drum all day.”

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  • The First Weeks of MusicWorks!

    October 10, 2016

    It’s been a few decades since I’ve experienced a first day of school. But I’ve been looking forward to Aug. 10, the first day of MusicWorks! at the Heights, and it finally arrived.
    As arts & entertainment writer/critic for Florida Weekly, I wrote an A1 cover story about the MusicWorks! program earlier in the year, called “Symphonic Delight.” (March 10-16, 2016 issue). I was intrigued and fascinated by how these young kids, 5 to 7 or 8 years old, were learning about music and, in the course of just a few months, could play a song on their instrument — violin, viola, cello or bass. The program was drenched in positive feelings and encouragement, and, not only that, the kids appeared to be having fun.

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  • MusicWorks! launches GoFundMe campaign

    September 19, 2016

    Gulf Coast Symphony has launched a GoFundMecampaign to raise $25,000 for its MusicWorks! kids program.

    The after-school program uses musical instruments to empower kids in the Harlem Heights community of Fort Myers, help them achieve their full potential and positively affect their society through music, according to a symphony press release.

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  • In the News: Music comes alive for opera, symphony season

    September 16, 2016

    Opera and symphony season is almost here, and local orchestras and opera companies are shaking things up in 2016-2017.

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  • D’Addario Needs your help!

    September 14, 2016

    On September 22, they will be hosting an event in Brooklyn, NY to raise awareness about partner organizations like the Gulf Coast Symphony and MusicWorks! Every dollar raised at this event goes directly to benefit partner organizations like us.

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