Mr. Brunelle believes a single event can change the life of a person. Here is an example of how a music program at called “WITNESS” changed the life of a young boy.
In one of the early years of our WITNESS program in the schools I went to a south Minneapolis school with an African American cellist. We told the principal that we would perform for a maximum of 300 K-8 elementary kids and needed a piano. When we got there that day we were surprised to discover that the principal had invited 500 kids, saying that they didn’t get much arts activity so she wanted everyone to hear it. Oh – and there was no piano. It was broken!
The cellist said, “I guess we move to Plan B”. He began to play and there was a disturbance in the back of the room. He stopped playing and a kid shouted: “Hey, mister, let me play your cello!” At this, all the kids yelled and screamed. So, Tony asked the boy to come up; he turned out to be an 8th grader, very tall and obviously a character in the school. Tony quietly asked the boy what kind of car he would like and when he told him, Tony said that this cello was worth 10 of those cars, so the boy must be VERY careful with the cello.
Of course, he could not finger the cello, so Tony put his hand over the boy’s hand and they played a simple song together. At the end the kids cheered!
A week later the principal called to say that involving that boy changed his life. He had been the school troublemaker, but this opportunity of having someone believe in him had changed him and his outlook. This is the mission of the WITNESS Program, and how music changes lives of people.
Change a life. Be the inspirational part of transforming lives and instilling dignity into the lives of others and help restore dignity to many who have lost their way by attending the “Dignity For All” Benefit Concert on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth, MN.
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