RI Philharmonic Music School’s jazz band performed at Hasbro’s annual Showcase of Stars fundraiser, which raised funds for the Music School’s Scholarship Fund. Members of the band in the photo include: Richard Evangelista, Providence, on the drums in the back; in front, from left to right, Eli Kelley, Barrington, Medeski Dow, Pawtucket, and Tor Kenyon Barrington.
Hasbro Inc. Raises $2,000 for RI Philharmonic Music School
Scholarship Fund at Rock 4 Kids Concert
Students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School joined Hasbro’s Music Matters Employee Network on Saturday (Sept. 29) for Hasbro’s annual Showcase of Stars fundraiser. The night of music and giving at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket featured performances from the RI Philharmonic Music School’s Jazz Fusion group and Hasbro’s employees who entertained the crowd with music, improv and dancing.
The benefit concert raised more than $2,000 for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School scholarship fund, and the proceeds will be used for local under-served students to take advantage of music education such as music lessons and perform in jazz groups, rock bands, youth orchestras and ensembles.
“We’re thrilled that our Music Matters Employee Network could play alongside the RI Philharmonic’s youth jazz band. It’s great to see how some of our incredibly talented employees helped provide such an amazing opportunity for youth to experience the RI Philharmonic’s innovative music education programs.”
–Hasbro Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner
Hasbro’s Music Matters Network is a group of employees that showcase their diverse individual and collective musical styles and talents. Their mission is to promote music education and awareness at Hasbro and in the community through volunteering and benefit concerts.
“These talented young musicians appreciate the opportunity to perform and share their music. When the students perform for a really good cause like the Student Scholarship Fund, they get to combine their love of music while giving back to the Music School community.”
–Youth Jazz Band Director Wendy Klein
In addition to Music Fundraisers, Hasbro has been a longtime supporter of the RI Philharmonic’s innovative programs that bring music education to thousands of students in Rhode Island each year. A grant from the Hasbro Children’s Fund will once again help public elementary students in Pawtucket participate in education-related concerts free of charge at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the spring of 2019. Called Link Up, students spend most of the school year learning to play the recorder and studying the music to perform in concert along with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra. Thousands of students from the Southern New England area participate in this educational program.
The RI Philharmonic Youth Jazz Band consists of middle and high school students on Brass, Wind and Rhythm instruments. They perform Jazz Standards, Big Band Repertoire and the music of the American Songbook.
About the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School: The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by Orchestra members and outstanding faculty. We prioritize artistry and education equally. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are core values. The Philharmonic Music School serves students of all ages and ability levels, and provides instruction in all kinds of music, from jazz and rock to classical and folk, through private lessons, chamber music classes and large and small ensembles. More than 70 dedicated teachers comprise the faculty, many with degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world. Most of the Philharmonic Music School programs take place at the state-of-the-art Carter Center in East Providence. Completed in 2008, the Carter Center for Music Education and Performance is the largest dedicated community music school facility in New England. We also offer lessons in a welcoming, well-equipped environment at our East Greenwich branch.
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