All of our kids, parents, family and friends want to thank you for making #Giving Tuesday a big success! We reached our goal of $2500 and it was matched by one of our individual donors for a grand total of $5,000!!
Your love and generosity will make sure that musical education programs for our area youth will continue. Funding will also be used for instruments, qualified instructors and new programs! Thank you so much!!
BlackCat Music Cooperative, empowering youth through music!
Here we grow! New offices, right next to BlackCat Music Shop, 155 B Independence Street, Berkeley Springs. More details and photos coming soon! Thank you for your support and generosity to make this possible!
As we continue our “Music In Your Life” series, the spotlight shines on Sir Paul McCartney. Paul’s dad played trumpet and piano and even had his own band, “The Jim Mac Jazz Band.” Jim had a upright piano in the home and encouraged Paul to take lessons, but young McCartney liked playing by ear.
On Paul’s 14th birthday, his dad gave him a nickel plated trumpet, but soon after, with rock and roll music becoming popular, he traded it on an acoustic guitar. Because he is left handed, it was hard to play, so he reversed the order of the strings. One other note from the early days, Paul wrote “When I’m Sixty Four” on his dad’s upright piano in the living room when he was about 16! John Lennon remembers the Beatles singing the song as part of an acoustic set, whenever their amplifiers broke down or the power would go out at the clubs in the early days of the band.
The growing popularity of the ukulele is being felt worldwide, with sales that have tripled in the past few years and the number of players growing at an astounding rate! Why not! It’s easy and fun to play and small enough to take anywhere!
The BCMC Wednesday After School Uke Club continues to grow and is learning new songs weekly! As you can see, Ukes are now coming in all shapes, styles and sizes. This program provides students with a chance to learn and build self confidence.