Guitars Needed

Check out your attic, look in the basement, under your bed and even some closets, and see what you find. If it’s a long lost friend that would enjoy a makeover and provide some talented kids an opportunity to be creative, then bring them in today. Our goal is to collect at least 15 guitars for our students to decorate with a musical theme. Thanks for your help!

Stacy’s Adventures Continue

BlackCat Music Cooperative would like to announce that VISTA Member Stacy Drake is returning for his fourth year of service. Stacy received word from AmeriCorps that he has been accepted for another year of service helping BCMC empower our youth through music. Stacy would like to thank Janet Gauthier the Executive Director of BlackCat Music Cooperative, all the hard working instructors, student family members and most of all, the wonderful kids who make this journey such a important part of his life.

Boys and Girls Club Guitar Club

November 1st was the start of our guitar club at the Boys and Girls Club in Berkeley Springs. A lot of preparation went into making sure this program would be a success from the get-go. Before we could get this club off the ground, we needed to approach the Boys and Girls Club about starting the program, find funding for the project, and search for a talented instructor.


We approached Chris Risinger, director of the B & G Club – Berkeley Springs branch – with our vision for the program. After some planning and logistics, we were ready to find funding and an instructor. A local guitar player and youth group leader in Berkeley Springs, Jason Hiles, expressed interest in teaching the lessons. With Jason on board, finding money was the next step. We applied for and received a grant from a generous donor through the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. This grant completely covered the costs to run the program for its first year, including the guitars and all the accessories: gig bags, tuners, straps and books. Our thanks go out to the family foundation who so generously funded this program.

Pictured above are the absolutely beautiful Cort brand guitars we purchased for the kids. They sound as good as they look! If the kids who signed up for the program stick with it, these guitars are theirs to keep after the school year is over. We are very excited to see how these kids improve over the course of the year, not only with their guitar playing skills, but also with their overall self-esteem and school performance. Stay tuned!