Hungry for Music Notes
April 2016
Hungry for Music is an organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play.
Notes from the Road
by Jeff Campbell

As the Hungry for Music (HFM) bus travels the country, I often think about all the friends we’ve made along the way. Music teachers in Texas; music organizations from coast to coast; people who build and repair instruments in New York; musicians abound. Wonderful people in Chicago, Houston, Memphis Louisville, Nashville and the D.C. area who run programs to help kids learn to love music.

But, there’s still no place like home. The HFM Magic Music Bus has set up shop at home the last few weeks – in Shreveport and New Orleans, Louisiana. I haven’t lived in the Bayou State since 1987, but the generosity of the people, their love of music and compassion for one another remain.

We tapped into that spirit while I was there. In the New Orleans area, we put together a team of 10 volunteers to assist in collecting, repairing and distributing instruments to local music programs. We have made friends with nearly a dozen such programs.

We kicked things off with a donation of four trumpets and four snare drums to the Preservation Hall Foundation. The donation will support their music outreach at a New Orleans youth detention center. Olivia Greene at WWOZ was an awesome social facilitator during my stay. Olivia connected us with the Sticking Up for Children Foundation and the Ellis Marsalis Center and helped us publicize the HFM benefit. She is going to continue to support HFM by volunteering her time to help with instrument donations and benefits.

HFM donated a percussion kit and two pink guitars (the guitars were courtesy of my nieces, Lyla and Meridith, in Baton Rouge) to the Sticking up for Children Foundation and seven violins to Make Music NOLA. We are looking forward to continuing to support these organizations.

We donated a Squier electric bass, an electric hollow body guitar and a trombone to the Ellis Marsalis Music Center. Ellis Marsalis was a famous high school band director in New Orleans whose sons Branford and Wynton are worldwide stars.

I got together with Derek Tabb, drummer for the Rebirth Brass Band and part of our Roots of Music project. We also met with Leslie Cooper, who runs the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp. I’m now kicking myself because I never spent a week as a kid at a jazz camp. Her camps are fantastic and an amazing musical educational experience for kids.

HFM had a successful kick-off benefit concert at Chickie Wah Wah on Easter night with an awesome night of music that included Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, Pink Slip, Lynn Drury, Chris Adkins, Graham Robinson, Daria Dzurik, and the Susan Cowsill Band. I am so grateful to Russ Broussard and Susan for their hospitality and assistance in putting together an awesome benefit.

Then, it was up to Shreveport, where I grew up, to see Greg LeGrand, who runs the ARK-LA-TEX Music and Heritage Festival. We’re working with Greg and his group on an instrument drive that will run from May 15 through the festival on the last weekend in August. We plan to work with Caddo Parish Schools in Shreveport to distribute the instruments and also several after-school programs.

I had the pleasure of connecting with a former elementary school classmate, Frank Hendrick, who is now an Assistant Principal at Caddo Middle Magnet. He is going to facilitate the school’s involvement in the instrument drive that HFM is co-sponsoring with the ARK-LA-TEX Music Heritage Festival and Shreveport Music.

I also visited the Renzi Education and Arts Center, an after-school art program, where we met with Ted Lindsay. We found out about the program from Katy Hobgood Ray, a children’s musician and director of a youth choir in the New Orleans area. Katy, who grew up in Shreveport, saw the bus parked in neighboring Algiers and sent us a message on Facebook. We got together, and she interviewed me for her website blog called Confetti Park. It’s a great story of how the HFM bus is already helping kids get musical instruments.

It’s time to move on. The quality time spent with my family and the opportunity to increase HFM’s outreach by building volunteer teams city-to-city is off to a fantastic start. There’s still plenty to do. We’ve developed a checklist of sorts of how to connect in the cities we visit and maximize the benefit to the goals of HFM, and it’s time to put it to use in Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville and beyond. I am grateful for the opportunity.

Plus, my waistline could not take much more Louisiana cooking. Wish us luck. Honk and wave if you see us on the highways. And help us help underprivileged kids get musical instruments if you can.

New HFM Partner
We are excited about our new partnership with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation. We'll be working with them on a soon-to-be-announced project in the Fall. Their mission is similar to ours; supporting music education and music performance for youth. In the video below, founder Todd Rundgren talks about his organization.
Tickets on Sale!
Hungry for Music lost a great friend and supporter last month. Jerry Schrepple passed away on March 15, 2016.
We will miss you, S!

We have received donations from the following individuals in memory of Jerry:
Lee & Grace Schrepple
James Drummond
Carol & Michael Miller
Catherine Trump
Ruth & Carl Meier
Barry & Jane Joyner
Michelle Wesley-Ford
Sharon Geschwindt
Julie Stefanelli
Gary Weinstein
Jay Dorfman
Wayne Rodgers
Great Concert at Chickie Wah Wah
Pink Slip, who normally only play as a Mardi Gras float band, kicked off the Hungry for Music benefit on Easter night. Pictured below (l to r) Rachelle O'Brien, Susan Cowsill and Sue Ford.

Thank you to Jimmy Ford for making it happen.
Carlos in San Jose is all smiles after receiving his own saxophone at school.
We received a lovely note from his teacher:
"Thank you so much! Carlos is already starting his music club to teach some students how to play the saxophone. It was very exciting and touching to see him opening the UPS box with the instrument. Thank you for supporting our students and making their dreams possible."
Dunia Hassan
DCP Alum Rock Middle School
San Jose, CA
Thank You, Lam Sisters
Twins Emily and Rachel Lam held a concert performance and asked folks to bring an instrument.

A flute and three violins were donated and HFM arranged for the Sacramento Youth Symphony to receive the violins.
Marshall Greenspan's Musical Mitzvah
Kudos to Marshall Greenspan for his successful Bar Mitzvah service project. Marshall collected 53 instruments and $500 in donations for HFM.
HFM Throwback
The child in the photo above is a recipient of one of many dozens of instruments we shipped to Mexican orphanages, beginning in the late 90's, through organizations like Bridges Across Borders, the Paul Anatascio violin program in Washington state, and Arizona music teachers Sujoy Spencer and Jennifer
Sordyl Berg, who would bring violins and other stringed instruments and
lessons to Mexican orphanages.
In the Spotlight

Hungry for Music has given a half a dozen violins to Make Music NOLA, including one that was donated at our recent Chickie Wah Wah concert.

Make Music NOLA offers music instruction in violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The program involves excellent music instruction with a diverse staff of professional musicians, opportunities to participate in workshops with guest artists and local musicians, and community-relevant performances.

Hungry for Music is proud to support this wonderful program. Watch a short clip of them performing in the video below.
Since becoming a non-profit 20 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to nearly eight thousand children through its musical instrument donation program. We appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way and could not fulfill our mission without the generosity of others.

If you are able, please donate funds, buy a t-shirt from our online store, or visit our website to find out about other ways you can support Hungry for Music.
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