ShamRock School of Music believes that learning how to play a musical instrument can be a tremendously rewarding experience. Once a student has reached a level of understanding, it is time to apply those newly learned skills in a public performance. Our school produces all kinds of shows including Open Mics, Recitals, Guitar Fests, Jazz and Rock Camps. At each of these performances ShamRock injects yet another level of understanding about the power of music and community.
This is not a new concept, but it is one that we feel is important enough to include when learning a musical instrument. When was the first “Benefit Concert” ever performed on a large scale? Many critics cite George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangledesh” performed at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971. With the help of other industry giants such as Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, Harrison raised funds and brought awareness to those refugees suffering in that country from a massive cyclone and years of civil war. Since then there have been countless benefit concerts like Live Aid and Live 8, Amnesty International and the Concert for New York City, held in October of 2001 to help those most affected by the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Through the power of music we can all help create awareness about a cause to help people in need.
Every concert we produce serves as a benefit to help collect funds, food or create awareness about a cause. We impress upon our performers that their music can have a profound effect on those that listen and could help change the world! All proceeds from our performances go to the designated cause. We also choose to partner with organizatons that practice the same kind of social responsibility within the community. Venues like Bardi’s Grill in Pequannock, who have donated 10% of all dollars spent by attendees at the event, adds yet another dimension to the learning experience demonstrating the power of music and its positive impact.
Benefits and causes we have supported in the past include:
- The Pequannock Food Pantry
- Pequannock Valley Area Food Banks
- Pequannock Flood Relief
- Haitian Earthquake Relief
- The American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life
- Push-To-Walk- Helping Those with Spinal Cord Injuries
- Haitian Refugee Education Support
For several of these benefit concerts, we have been able to attract internationally acclaimed musicians such as Grammy nominated artist Stu Hamm and Grammy winning artist, Larry Mitchell. Both have rehearsed and performed with our students at our benefit concerts.
By demonstrating social responsibility to our students, we believe that we can teach them that music can not only be a joy to perform or listen to, but as a community, we can use music to help people in need.
ShamRock School of Music, the instructors, students and their parents collected dozens of bags of food and cash donations of $750 during their 2015 Summer Camp Concert Series at Bardi’s Grill. Pictured are instructors with their students from the group vocal class Loud & Proud, Reality Rock Camp band The Evolution and our Xtreme Teen Band, The Fantastic 4+2. This was taken on 8/28/15 at our Endless Summer Concert.