WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg-based Dream Big Music, a non-profit organization that started in 2016 offering free percussion lessons at 4th Ward Park in Wellsburg, has received a grant to provide live concerts and workshops in jazz.
From its inception, the organization has grown to offer free in-person and online classes for children ages 7-18 in Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and Kanawha counties in West Virginia and Jefferson County in West Virginia. Sycamore Youth Center.
Dream Big is open to all young people and especially children with learning disabilities and low income families. Youth in the Dream Big program learn skills such as self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, teamwork, critical thinking and self-confidence that will help them in life as well as performance. musical, according to Matthew Hill, executive director.
The grant is intended to help with a performing arts project for fiscal year 2020 and is awarded to Dream Big Music by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts and provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages to participate. in jazz workshops online and / or in person. Workshop participants will learn jazz theory, how to play jazz standards and how to improvise a jazz solo.
In addition to the workshops, Dream Big Music will offer live concerts. The first will be a swing dance on May 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse, located at 159 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.
The music will be performed by Matt Hill & Friends and will feature special guest Dr. Sunny Sunseri from Steubenville on bass. Tickets for the dance cost $ 5 and can be purchased at the door. Profits from swing dancing will benefit Dream Big Music and the Harmonium Project.
In addition, a jazz concert will be held on June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrencefield Parish Church, 44 Kirkside Drive, Wheeling. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with the approval of the West Virginia Arts Commission.
For more information on Lessons or Dream Big Music, visit the website at www.dreambigmusic.org or call (304) 559-1047.