Invitation to enjoy the music

By Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer January 16, 2010 05:00 am

For the last month I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to rehearse with seven dedicated local musicians for a family-friendly benefit concert and movie screening scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Redwood Theater in Brookings.

The hours of rehearsals have paid off and we’re ready to hit the stage with our our  10-song set of fun, uplifting rock and roll.

Visions of rock stardom?

Hardly.

We’re just a bunch of music lovers who have joined forces for a good cause: to bring the community, and particularly our young people, together through music.

The Jan. 20 concert and screening of the music documentary “Playing for Change: Peace through Music” is a fundraiser for the fledgling non-profit group Stagelights Musical Arts Community.

This the first time that I’ve become directly involved in the formation of a non-profit organization, and what an experience it’s been so far!

In October, I was invited to join the Stagelights board by its originators James Anderson, Kim Banfield and Perry Devine – all local musicians who have participated in the local music culture as teachers, promoters and providers of music. Local resident and musician Michelle Gordon became our fifth board member.

Since then, the Stagelights board has met nearly every single Wednesday night to form our mission statement, finalize our bylaws, achieve non-profit status, apply for grants, create a web site (www.stagelights.us) and plan fundraisers. We are currently seeking help from potential community sponsors and donors for seed money.

This month, we began work on our first two programs for 2010: a community youth choir and a free or low-cost music lesson program for students of all ages.

The community youth choir will provide our children with an after-school opportunity to perform publicly in various programs throughout the year. A choir director has been selected, the first program is under production, and several locations for community concerts have been arranged.

The music lesson program will initially offer group lesson to people of all ages interested in learning to sing or play an instrument. We have several music teachers lined up and a location for group lessons established.

Check future issues of the Curry Coastal Pilot for information about these programs and how to sign up.

These are exciting times for the Stagelights board members and the Stagelights House Band. I’m delighted to be working with such wonderful group of people, dedicated to sharing music with the community.

But don’t take my word for it. Come see for yourself! Bring your family and friends to the Jan. 20 benefit at the Redwood Theater. It’s free, but donations will be greatly appreciated.

The Stagelights House Band will perform a mini-concert at 6 p.m., followed by the highly-acclaimed documentary “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music.”

Come enjoy one of the most satisfying listening experiences imaginable!