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We're Making a Music CD!
February 25, 2016
Stay tuned--you'll soon be able to listen to a music and vocal recording by GWArc participants!

James Jones, a jazz musician and educator who visits GWArc monthly to lead music enrichment programs, is working with GWArc participants on an exciting project to create a music CD. James created a music ensemble at GWArc--eleven participants from GWArc's Day Habilitation and CBDS programs have been gathering regularly to rehearse, and ultimately record their music on CD.

"The group is creating improvised music with vocals and instruments", James said. "Participants are having an 'improv' conversation."

Elizabeth K. is one of three participants on vocals. "I really like singing", Elizabeth said, when explaining what she likes about the music project.

"I really like playing an instrument", Brian D. said, as he played the bongo drums.

In February, James brought in equipment to create a recording studio at GWArc, and recorded the ensemble's music. A percussionist drummer who has worked with many well-known jazz musicians, James is donating his time and recording equipment to capture and mix the music, and will make a CD that GWArc can distribute to GWArc participants, family and friends, staff members and the community. GWArc participants are working on creating art work for the CD cover.

In addition to his music background, James has past experience as a case worker for individuals with disabilities and has worked with disadvantaged youth and other groups on similar recording projects. He enjoys working with GWArc participants because "their minds are open, they don't have any inhibitions or restrictions with the music they create".

At left, James Jones observes as Brian D. plays the bongo drums during a rehearsal.

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