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Voices (Nov. 2014)

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Found in the November 2014 issue of Voices:

Sounds, a nonprofit music organization in Happy Valley, is bringing high school students a new program called Rock Group that will teach participants to play in a band together. Rock Group will be free for up to eight high school students who would not typically have the resources to attend such a program.  These sessions will run for 6 weeks, once a week, after school from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Attic of the State Theatre in downtown State College.  For a final, public performance, students will perform with their Rock Group band at a Sounds event in the State College Municipal Building Community Room.

Matt Price, a talented local musician and dedicated Sounds supporter, volunteer and committee member, will lead the sessions.  Price, a Berklee graduate, teaches rock camps at the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, music classes at CLC Charter School, private drum lessons and plays in local bands.

Sounds was recently awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Project Stream Grant that will partially fund Rock Group.  However, a variety of music equipment is needed before the program can begin.  Sounds Executive Director Misha Cleveland is asking the community to donate their new or lightly used musical equipment to help support the program.  The equipment needed includes: electric guitars, amps for electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, straps for guitars and basses, a drum set, a keyboard and stand, vocal and instrument microphones and stands, small front of the house speakers, small monitors, and cables for instruments and microphones.  This equipment will also be used for future Sounds Rock Groups.

By supporting Sounds in this endeavor, donors will be providing a meaningful and alcohol-free social music experience for teenage musicians.  This initiative will support Sounds’ mission to create a permanent venue where community members of all ages can socialize and enjoy a variety of alcohol-free music-centered events and activities.

If you have equipment you would like to give to Sounds Rock Group, please contact Misha Cleveland at (814) 933-6731 or misha@soundshv.org.