Hungry for Music Notes | March 2018
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.
A Positive Start to 2018!

With a delivery of a drum sets and marching drums on New Year’s Day to the River City Drum Corp in Louisville, it has been full steam ahead for Hungry for Music’s outreach in 2018!   There has already been instrument delivery stops in Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, New Orleans, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Charlotte, Florida, Philadelphia, New York, and Northern Virginia.  In the first two months of 2018, Hungry for Music has already donated over 200 instruments to various music programs and individuals. Our goal is to surpass our 2017 donation total of 1,080.

For the rest of March, Big Bertha will be getting some much needed maintenance and a touch up on the wrap thanks to graphic artist Keith Dana.     The down time will allow me to organize the 2018 Magic Music Bus Tour set to begin in April and finish sometime in the fall.

We are looking forward to our 3rd annual instrument drive and concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on June 2.  The concert will feature after-school music programs that we have supported in Cleveland and other U.S. cities.  Also, we can’t wait to partner with D’Addario and Spirit of Harmony Foundations on instrument drives around the U.S this year.   One will be over Labor Day weekend in Chicago and others will be announced when dates are confirmed.

We are excited about the continued growth of the organization and appreciate the folks that are helping make it happen.  I hope to see you down the road.

Peace and harmony through music,

Jeff Campbell, Founder/Director

The first delivery of 2018!  River City Drum Corps in Louisville
(from left, Albert Shumake, Ed White (founder) Kameron Graham.
AND Midnight, the mascot)

Rebirth’s Brass Band’s Derrick Tabb and young musicians at
Roots of Music with marching drums that were collected at
D’Addario Instrument drive on Long Island.

Tarisio HFM Benefit Auction of Gagliano Violin

Recently an instrument donor on Long Island gave us a 1794 J. Gagliano violin to sell or auction as a fundraiser for Hungry for Music.  It was a very generous gift that will support our growth as we continue to expand our outreach. Please follow the link to see the beautiful violin that is featured in this month’s T2 Auction by Tarisio in New York.  Bidding ends April 5th.

Photo courtesy of The Hoot

The Winter Hoot

The Winter Hoot at the Ashokan Center in New York was the first weekend of February and it was a blast!     The instrument drive that is held at both Hoots continues to grow and the Instrument Petting Zoo is always a hit!   This is an amazing family music festival put together by a wonderful Hudson Valley community. Can’t wait for the Summer Hoot!!!
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In 2019, we will be celebrating our 25th year providing the gift of music to underserved children with a hunger to play.  We can’t wait to share the 25-year retrospective with you!

Niece Honors Uncle’s Memory with Guitar Donation

Liet (Lee) Nguyen who I called Bac Liet (Uncle Liet) was a man of many facets: dreamer, creator, destructor, painter, builder, poet, hopeless artist, counselor, and businessman. He was also a recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He dreamed big and pushed others to do the same. He never hesitated to give all he had even when he should be the one to receive.

Bac Liet. He always seemed to be thinking or suggesting what better things one can do with one’s life. He was especially proud when I made good grades and followed my artistic abilities. When I learned to play the flute in school, he would encourage me by buying me a fancy flute so that it would sound even better when I practiced. He loved music and used to play guitar. So, when he became too ill to work, he thought he could fix guitars as a job. Thus, he began his guitar collection, some of which I’ve proudly passed on to Hungry for Music. I hope those guitars can be put to good use as Bac Liet would have done.

Upcoming Events

Breakaway Music Festival

Saturday, April 7th at 4pm
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX

It’s Crawfish Time!

The 23rd Hungry for Crawfish will be held on May 12!  Tickets on sale now.
Follow the link!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
bound in June

The 3rd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Instrument Drive and Showcase Concert will be held on Saturday, June 2.  Several programs that HFM supports in Cleveland and other U.S. cities will perform. Stay tuned for more information. The event is listed here:

Please help the Hendrix Music Academy in Renton, WA with travel expenses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and give the kids an experience of a lifetime.

Creating Smiles, One Instrument at a Time

Music teacher Corbin Huffstater gives a young guitarist a lesson.  We have made three donations to them since last year, including ukeleles, guitars, keyboards, and percussion instruments to support this vital program. 
A young keyboard player gets her first lesson.  Rey Rivera’s dream was to start a community music program for kids in San Anotnio.  Recently we donated almost three dozen instruments (keyboards, guitars, xylophone, percussion) to assist him.
Ta'sha in Philadelphia with her very own cello from Hungry for Music. The cello will allow Ta'sha to join her high school orchestra program as an incoming freshman in the fall.  Her middle school teachers felt like she showed the talent to continue her studies, but needed her own instrument.
"Dangela received the violin with a smile stretching a mile. Thank you for doing this for my daughter. She can finally pursue her musical desires. She cannot stop talking about it. She is so grateful. These are her words, ' I can't describe how happy I am.'"
- Mom in Pennsylvania

Camp Mates Honor Friend’s Memory with Fundraiser

Matthew Steinberg, 13, died tragically in an airplane crash, along with his parents, Irene and Bruce, his brothers, Will and Zachary while on vacation in Costa Rica.  He was happy, kindhearted, inquisitive, funny, silly, loyal, respectful, smart, and peaceful young man. He was empathetic and caring.

His passion for music and his warmth and quick witted humor will be sorely missed by all.  He was a talented musician, especially on the guitar and the piano. He alternated on the keyboard, guitar, drums, and lead vocals during many performances with the School of Rock Band in Mamaroneck, NY.  Matthew loved music so much, friends would often be greeted by Matthew playing the piano when they came over.

His camp friends were like brothers and loved him dearly. They will miss his friendship, playing card games with him, talking about their favorite tv shows. They will miss listening to his impressions, swapping comic books and talking about the characters. They will miss sharing and listening to music together.

Matthew was so kind he would have loved to help those who could not afford to buy musical instruments discover the passion and love he had for music. Because of this, his camp brothers wanted to donate in his memory to Hungry for Music.

We are deeply moved by Matthew’s camp mates loving gesture for a special friend.    Here is the Go Fund Me Page they created in his memory. Hungry for Music will be purchasing instruments and donate them in Matthew Steinberg’s name throughout 2018.     His spirit will live on in these music instruments.

Matthew Steinberg, Rest in Peace
Since becoming a non-profit 24 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 11,000 children in 49 states and 25 countries 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.

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