CARLSBAD — In January, Pacific Ridge School students raised more than $800 in donations to fund a music therapy scholarship for a young boy with special needs. The fundraiser was part of the Banding Together – Youth Helping Youth concert series event.
The Pacific Ridge School Jazz/Rock Ensemble and student band Dirty Gold appeared at It’s a Grind Coffeehouse in Encinitas to benefit Banding Together, an organization that helps provide music therapy scholarships, mentorships and instruments for youth with special needs.
Twenty percent of all purchases during the evening were donated to the organization for the funding of scholarships. Additional donations were made by individuals, as well as through the sale of raffle tickets. Far surpassing the goal of raising $495 to provide a six-month music therapy scholarship for a young boy, the students were able to draw more than 200 community members and garner $800 in donations for a full year of music therapy.
“This partnership is so important because it allows Pacific Ridge School students to exercise their ethical responsibility to the community and be leaders by setting an example,” said Andrea Moriarty, board member for Banding Together and parent of an 11th-grade student at Pacific Ridge School. “They influenced their families and friends to give to a cause with which they identified. Pacific Ridge students understand that music is an integral component of their academic experience, advocating that music be available to others engages them in the world as well as the classroom.”
Banding Together believes a community of people sharing a passion for music can, in fact, “band together” to assist in making music therapy possible for struggling families and help young children reach their potential. The Youth Helping Youth Concert Series is an inclusive, intergenerational, sometimes international, event for the public. Local youth have the opportunity to raise money and awareness for children with special developmental and financial needs to pursue their musical interests that would otherwise not be possible.
For a full schedule of Youth Helping Youth concert events, and to make a donation, visit bandingtogethersd.org. Banding Together also accepts gently used instruments.