Berklee City Music in Billboard Magazine

The Berklee Encore Gala was featured in the November 9, 2013 issue of Billboard in the “Good Works” column.  The Berklee Encore Gala benefits Berklee City Music to provide year-round music education and scholarships to Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program and full-time study at the Berklee College of Music.

Berklee City Music graduate/current Saturday Night Live Band keyboardist Tuffus Zimbabwe; Berklee City Music dean Krystal Banfield; Berklee City Music executive director J. Curtis Warner; Berklee president Roger H. Brown; Bright Horizons chair/cofounder Linda Mason; songwriter, producer, music executive, and former Berklee professor Kara DioGuardi. Photo Credit Phil Farnsworth

To view Berklee’s press release please click here.

To view the article on Billboard please click here.



Middle School Student Collects Instruments for the People’s Music School

Ellie Ruemmler

Sixth grade student and double bass player, Ellie Ruemmler, from Chicago’s North Shore, developed and implemented an instrument donation  fundraiser and run-a-thon that resulted in the donation 10 instruments and $475 to the People’s Music School, a Berklee City Music Network Member.

Her inspiration came from a project assigned by her then sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Einum; Ellie will be going into the seventh grade this fall.  The project assigned was an expository on people who have started or helped charities.  Students did a presentation on a person and charity they researched.  The the class then voted on the presentations and would do a fundraiser for the presentation with the most votes.  While Ellie’s fundraising idea did not win the class vote, she decided to move forward with it on her own.

Ellie tells us, “It took me a while to think of what to raise money for, so I asked myself what am I grateful for?  Like I often do on Thanksgiving.  I thought of how fortunate I am to play string bass in the orchestra here at school.  Then I Googled organizations that help children have the opportunity to be in the orchestra or band, and the People’s Music School popped right up.”

The People’s Music School is a non-profit music education program in Chicago whose mission “is to cultivate access to free, quality music education. Through intensive instruction and performance our students learn more than music; they grow socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem and purpose.”

Students Perform at the People’s Music School Senior Series

Ellie is passionate about music and music education.  She sees music as a way to be and express yourself and most of all have fun.  “Music education,” she says, “opens your ears to a world of sounds and melodies that you fall in love with… and it broadens your horizons and makes your life more diverse and interesting one note at a time.”

Music allows those who listen, play and experience it to become bigger and more understanding of themselves, their community and the world; changing lives in the process.  As Ellie says, “There is nothing on this earth like music.”

The People’s Music School and Berklee City Music thank her for her fundraising efforts to give more young people the opportunity to learn music and play music.

Salute to Achievement at the Boys & Girls Harbor


Harbor founder and visionary Tony Duke will be honored at this year’s Salute to Achievement on Wednesday, May 15.  Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter David Ushery from NBC 4 New York will host the show, which will feature a theatrical production conceived by the renowned faculty of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

This year’s performance, Estampas on 6: Postcards from El Barrio, is a tribute to Harlem!  Come along with Harbor students Zoe, Tristan, and Sule and experience the sights and sounds of the New York City blocks they call home. Take a ride on the 6 train, from the historic Duke Ellington statue to the 103rd Street station. Weave your way through a patchwork of street vendors, pass by the Apollo Theater, and encounter musicians and domino players. Experience Harlem’s rich cultural history through a mosaic of motion as you arrive at the Harbor and encounter a world of possibilities.

Location: El Teatro, El Museo Del Barrio (1 East 104 Street at 5th Avenue)

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Time: Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; Performance begins at 8:00 p.m.; Post party begins at 9:00 p.m.

Honoring: Boys & Girls Harbor founder Anthony “Tony” Drexel Duke

Visit the Boys & Girls Harbor website for more information.

Perform-A-Thon at The People’s Music School

Berklee City Music Network memberThe People’s Music School, is hosting its 29th Perform-A-Thon.  The event will feature every current student performing selections that vary from traditional to pop, primer to concerto.  The organization operates on a 100% donor based platform and this is one of their largest fundraising efforts throughout the year.  If you are in Chicago stop by to hear some good music and support a great cause.

This year’s event will also include some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks Taquero Fusion, Curried, Beavers Coffee + Donuts, Sugar Nutz, and local vendors and community services.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10am to 5pm

WHERE: 931 West Eastwood Ave, Chicago, IL

COST: There is a suggested donation of $3 for the public.  All proceeds of the event go to continuing free music education for the organization.


Breaking New Ground: Campus Club Milledgeville’s New Building

Campus Club Milledgeville recently had a new building donated!   It was formerly a 155,000 square foot factory and is nestled on 25 acres, but after the building and remodeling are complete it will be two floors and 225,000 square feet.  In it will be a recording studio, practice rooms, computer labs, a concert hall, convention rooms, office and retail space, and much more.

Campus Club Milledgeville-New Building
Campus Club Milledgeville-New Building

You’re probably wondering, ‘How does that happen?’  Listen to Gregory Barnes, the Executive Director of Campus Club Milledgeville, talk about the building and their future plans.

Do You Know What Music Means In New Orleans?

New Orleans has played a pivotal role in the development of American music, and Berklee City Music is fortunate to count three outstanding Network members from this cultural mecca.

The Roots of Music offers tuition-free music education and academic tutoring, with its marching band continuing a proud tradition of the New Orleans community.  The core faculty offers instruction in band, brass, curriculum and percussion while partnering with Tulane University to invite additional instructors.  Among other accomplishments, the Roots of Music’s Marching Crusaders can be seen in the Tournament of Roses parade this January in California.

Under the guidance of their artistic director, acclaimed saxophonist Donald Harrison, Tipitina’s Foundation teaches middle and high school students instrumental skills and recording/production techniques free of charge.  Students also participate in workshops with musicians, producers, and scholars.  In addition, Tipitina’s Foundation provides instruments to local schools and operates business development centers for artists across Louisiana.  Students from Tipitina’s Internship Program recently travelled to Japan as part of a cultural exchange program.

Young Audiences of Louisiana works in local schools to provide a variety of programs that combine the arts, academics and life skills to a range of audiences. Programs include afterschool and summer classes, community performances, artist residencies, early childhood arts instruction and professional development for educators.  In November, Young Audiences received approval to open a charter school that will “emphasize academic excellence and use research-based Young Audiences arts-integration programs to engage students and support teaching and learning.”  The school will open its doors in August 2013.

These unique organizations preserve New Orleans’ rich musical heritage while educating and inspiring new generations.  Berklee City Music is proud to partner with all three and congratulates them on their myriad accomplishments.


StubHub Names The Roots of Music Their First Rising Star

Roots of Music Band Performs in the Rose Parade

Disasters, Jazz Unite Young New Orleans, Japanese Musicians


Tipitina’s Foundation in Japan


Jefferson Parish School Board Approves Young Audiences Charter

New Jefferson Charter is a Creative Option

Get watching! 50,000 views for the Roots of Music

StubHub Promotion through Super Bowl Weekend to Support The Roots of Music

StubHub has committed to donate up to an additional $50,000 (adding up to a $100,000 total donation) to The Roots of Music if the film reaches 50,000 views by Super Bowl Sunday. The additional $50,000 in funds would come from the StubHub Foundation, a corporate advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

And, a little bit about the Roots of Music:
Roots of Music uses New Orleans’ musical heritage as a stepping stone to changing lives. We’re an organization that helps at-risk kids through music education, tutoring and mentoring—unlocking their potential as individuals, and building a nationally-recognized marching band along the way.We’re using New Orleans’ musical heritage to build its future. It’s a big vision, but your support can make a huge difference in a child’s life—and eventually, an entire generation of New Orleans youth.