FAME Staff

FAME Jazz Band Annual Concert

FAME Jazz Band Annual Concert

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1PM

University of Maryland College Park
School of Music
Room 1230

The FAME Jazz Band

Dr. Clarence E. Knight, Artistic Director

with Special Guest

The Stedwick Elementary School Ukulele Players

Mary Ruth McGinn, Music Director

Host —  Jan Fox

CEO, Fox Talks, Four-Time Emmy Winner

Free Admission

Click here for FAME Jazz Band Annual Concert Flyer

 

Click here to Register!

Email: info@famejazzband.org
Call: 301-805-5358

Race for FAME: A Fun Scavenger Hunt

Race for FAME: A Fun Scavenger Hunt

DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019,
START TIME: 10 am
REGISTRATION OPENS: 9 AM

STARTING POINT:

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street,
National Harbor, Maryland 20745

Meet us under the covered walkway between the entrance to the parking garage and the entrance to the Maryland Ballroom

REGISTER HERE!!

Click here for the Fact Sheet

Race 4 FAME is an informal family-friendly scavenger hunt created by United Parcel Service (UPS) management and employees in the DC Region to support local nonprofit FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education’s efforts to provide musical instruction, academic tutoring, college and career readiness, and summer programs for youth in the Greater Washington Region. Participants are not required to run to complete the course.  A celebration is held at the end of the event where winning teams receive several prizes and awards. 

This year’s event is sponsored by UPS, Pepco and FAME.  Our partners are Prince George’s County Council Chairman, Todd Turner (District 4), and County Council Chair, Derrick Leon Davis (District 6). 

FAME Jazz Band Program Auditions Open!

FAME is accepting applications for its year-round FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP). FJBP was established in 2015 to provide year-round high caliber music and academic support and instruction to talented middle and high school youth who are serious about music and want to take their skills to a higher level.  Home-schooled students are also invited to apply.

This program is ideal for youth who want to enjoy a unique opportunity to grow musically and academically while having fun with other youth musicians. Applicants must live or attend school in Prince George’s County, MD.  Read more at
www.FAMEmusic.org

FAME Musicians Play Major Roles in Prince George’s County (PGC) Honors Band and All State Concert Band

 

On December 15th, violinist, violist and Billboard charting recording artist Chelsey Green, welcomed FAME students and board members to Blues Alley. Her performance was captivating and inspirational to the students.

 

PGC Honors Band

Cydni Brown, 1st chair clarinetist; and Concert Master

Langston Hughes – 1st Chair saxophone

Brandon Seaforth – 1st chair trombone

Lante’ Evans – 2nd Chair trombone

Imanuel Cooper – Drummer for Elementary School Chorus

In February, Brandon Seaforth will serve as first chair trombonist and Cydni Brown as first chair clarinetist representing Prince George’s County in the All-State Concert Band.

FAME was selected to present its FAME Jazz Band Program composed of Prince George’s County musicians, to perform at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival on January 26, 2019.   This Berklee College of Music event is the largest of its kind in the United States and will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. This will be our second visit.

 

Many thanks to the Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity at the University of Maryland who donated five instruments (2 flute, clarinet, trumpet, and alto sax) in December 2018.

Moving Forward with Enthusiasm!

Reflecting on 2018, I am pleased to share that FAME continued providing its robust and nationally recognized programs, and I am in awe of the community’s generosity.

Last year, FAME ended with strong and healthy programs and operating budget.  We began the year with a three-year capacity building grant from Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), funded by the Prince George’s County Government, to enhance the capacity of our nonprofit through a variety of organizational management support.  Our FAME Jazz Band Program Students increased their GPAs by one (and in some cases two) full grades, increased SAT scores by an average of 250 points, and we added high school and college & career advisory positions.  Our signature summer programs, Summer Music Technology, and Beats Books & Hooks, attracted rising 7th thru 12th grade students from around the Greater Washington Region and as far as Illinois and Texas.  We launched a pilot Vocal Music Workshop at the University of Maryland that will continue in 2019, partnered with Elizabeth Seton High School & Joe’s Movement Emporium in four one-week summer camp for elementary students, and we partnered with Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria’s two-week Summer Camp “Wings of Excellence” for middle school students.  Our innovative summer programs were very successful and supported 160 youth.  Additionally, we continued our year-round partnerships with Stedwick Elementary School in the original creation and performance of its annual opera, and Hyattsville Middle School’s Creative & Visual Performing Arts programming.

Our popular Race 4 FAME scavenger hunt, sponsored by United Parcel Service (UPS) and supported by the Prince George’s County Council Members Todd Turner, Derrick Leon Davis, and Obie Patterson was held in National Harbor on May 12th and resulted in regional recognition of FAME and additional program funds.  This year the Race will be co-sponsored by UPS & PEPCO.  Community participation in two longstanding senior citizens and intergenerational events: Motown Revue and Tis the Season, increased 200 percent.   Our 14th-anniversary celebration recognized the outstanding achievements of 10 community leaders, friends and peers, and two educators whose work has contributed tremendously to the growth of FAME and the advancement of the arts for youth in Prince George’s County and the Region. 

The support of our community increased exposure of our programs and strengthen our finances, allowing FAME to bolster academic standings and provide quality music experiences, and invest in our staff and programs; thereby maintaining FAME’s level of excellence and commitment to our students.

Looking forward to 2019, we are excited about continuing our capacity building work with VPP and providing high-quality music and academic centered enrichment activities and programs to all youth.

With Gratitude,

A. Toni Lewis
President/CEO

FAME’s 15th Anniversary & Awards Celebration

Join Us

15th Anniversary and Awards Celebration

Celebrating 15 years of service and community leaders and educators that are dedicated to making major contributions to the education and career pursuits of youth around the Greater Washington Region. We will also celebrate our amazing 2019 FAME Jazz Band Program graduates.

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

5:30 VIP Reception

6:00 General Admission

Sponsorship & Advertisement Opportunities Form (pdf)

 

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

(University of Maryland College Park)

7801 Alumni Drive

College Park, Maryland  20742

 

2019 Awardees

 

 

 

Where are they now! Desmond Barnes

Desmond Barnes — Where are they now!

Desmond Barnes aka DB Bantino began working with FAME in his junior year at Morgan State University. In a recent article, Desmond stated “…the nonprofit FAME was the first official organization to give me and my music a chance and support my dream.  They provided me with recording studio opportunities, that I could not afford at the time, so that I could develop my promo materials.  In addition to moral and networking support, they challenged me with a commission opportunity to create, record and perform FAME’s theme song in 2009.  It was my first break to be professionally recognized for something that I created.  My exposure to and nurturing by FAME was a big motivating factor in establishing my career in music.”  The music and lyrics for the Theme Song can be found at http://famemusic.org/fame-theme-song-lyrics/.

Desmond is from Southeast Washington, DC. He is a triple threat with the creative talents of being a producer, writer and artist. Desmond has written songs for Chris Brown, Future, Tory Lanes, Rae Sremmurd, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jason Derulo and many other major acts. He signed a publishing deal with Rodney Jerkins Seventy7 Music Publishing in 2014. He has worked closely with Rodney Jerkins on writing eight songs for Fox 5 prime TV show Empire.

Desmond has produced music for three different television campaigns including LG Smartphone company. He also has worked in the studio with producer Scott Storch and other hit producers writing records and working on his personal music.

Desmond is a regular supporter of FAME and its programs.  He often calls Ms. Toni to inspire her to continue motivating youth and speaking into their ears: “You are Enough”.   He also supports youth in other nonprofits by writing and producing workshops in DC to help teach and motivate others to pursue their dreams and how to establish careers in the music industry.

Jesénia M. Jackson

Jesénia M. Jackson – Where are they now!

Jesénia M. Jackson 

reserved and poised student came to Beats, Books, and Hooks (BBH) summer program in 2013 with her younger brothers at her side.  During the introduction period, she stated that she was “looking for a good summer experience for herself and her siblings.” She was very active during the program and mentored other students.  It was very clear from the outset that she knew that music would be a big part of her future.  On her program survey, she wrote “FAME changed my life! I will never be the same.”  That student was Jesénia Jackson. 

In a recent letter, Jesénia wrote “I remember the day I met the instructors at BBH. I saw people that not only genuinely loved what they did but took the extra time to help children find their way and work to achieve greatness in every area of their life. Being surrounded by their enthusiasm and learning music technology, music theory, preparing for the “big show” at the end of the program, and working in a field in which I could be myself, encouraged me to attend college for music and mentor less fortunate youth.  It is important that young people just don’t play music but are educated on the fundamentals of music and academics to be a well-rounded individual – That’s what FAME does, and I am grateful that I was a part of such an amazing organization”

Last Spring, Jesénia graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. Jesénia currently serves as the President and CEO of Miss. Jackson Records (a gospel and classical record label). She is pursuing her Master of Music Degree in Music Theory & Composition: Scoring for Film & Multimedia at New York University (NYU).

If you have attended ‘Tis the Season or a FAME anniversary celebration, chances are you have heard Jesénia on the piano or were greeted by her warm spirit at the front door or registration desk.  Jesénia served as a Music and Technology Intern at FAME for two summers. This summer she developed and taught a creative and engaging curriculum for FAME’s “For the Love of Music” a summer program for elementary school youth.  Jesenia is a strong advocate for keeping live music in our schools. In addition to Jesénia’s individual musical pursuits, she serves as the group leader for her family musical group, Higher Ground.

FAME #GivingTuesday Fundraiser

FAME #GivingTuesday Fundraiser
Fundraiser for Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc.,

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Want to join me in supporting a good cause? This #GivingTuesday I’m raising money for Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. (FAME) and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. And on Giving Tuesday, Nov 27, Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 Million in donations. Thank you for your support. I’ve included information about the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc., The below.

FAME is a harmony of music and education. We prepare middle and high school youth for college and career through a four-pronged approach: Music Instruction, Educational Support, College Preparation, and Work Readiness.

FAME challenges students to set high expectations for their academic and life achievements by expanding students’ experiences to demonstrate that they are not defined by their current conditions or surroundings. For more information visit www.FAMEmusic.org.

Mission: To positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences.

In the Spirit of Thanks Giving!

As students around the region settle into the 2018-2019 school year, and the FAME Jazz Band Program enters Season 4 (hard to believe it, this is the 4th year), we are optimistic about the possibilities that lie ahead for the youth we serve and FAME.

As we enter the Holiday season, we continue to give thanks for our partners who have renewed their commitment to FAME’s 15th year of providing enriching access to quality educational and artistic opportunities.  We are also thankful for the voices of teachers, community members and leaders that are advocating for quality education for our children and keeping music in schools. And thank You for your philanthropic support – your financial and instrument donations are key to our ability to provide access for many youths.

I am grateful for FAME’s Board of Directors’ vision and dedication to advancing FAME’s mission.  They truly are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you, Harry Staley, Chairman;
Wayne Ferguson, Vice Chairman; Cecelia Davis, Treasurer;
Gwendolyn Ferguson, Secretary; Karen S. Jackson, Sam Hutchinson, John Ray, Reg Weaver, &
Gregory K. Wells. 

The United Parcel Service (UPS) & PEPCO, An Exelon Company, recently provided funding to establish our long-awaited state of the art Music & Technology lab this Fall.  The lab will be used to widen our service base and connect additional youth to STEM and SAT tutoring classes, year-round music theory, and technology training, and provide access to computers for homework. What a blessing!  Thank you, UPS & PEPCO, for your continued support.

Please donate to our end-year campaign at www.FAMEmusic.org.  Your gift, no matter how large of small, will directly help FAME provide academic and music training through our programs and activities that benefit underserved youth, and fill the void where school education and cultural arts programs are limited.  

Enjoy the holidays!  We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.   

With Gratitude,

A. Toni Lewis
President/CEO

Where Are They Now?

Jesénia M. Jackson and Desmond Barnes:

Jesénia M. Jackson 

reserved and poised student came to Beats, Books, and Hooks (BBH) summer program in 2013 with her younger brothers at her side.  During the introduction period she stated that she was “looking for a good summer experience for herself and her siblings.” She was very active during the program and mentored other students.  It was very clear from the outset that she knew that music would be a big part of her future.  On her program survey she wrote “FAME changed my life! I will never be the same.”  That student was Jesénia Jackson. 

In a recent letter, Jesénia wrote “I remember the day I met the instructors at BBH. I saw people that not only genuinely loved what they did but took the extra time to help children find their way and work to achieve greatness in every area of their life. Being surrounded by their enthusiasm and learning music technology, music theory, preparing for the “big show” at the end of the program, and working in a field in which I could be myself, encouraged me to attend college for music and mentor less fortunate youth.  It is important that young people just don’t play music but are educated on the fundamentals of music and academics to be a well-rounded individual – That’s what FAME does, and I am grateful that I was a part of such an amazing organization”

Last Spring, Jesénia graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. Jesénia currently serves as the President and CEO of Miss. Jackson Records (a gospel and classical record label). She is pursuing her Master of Music Degree in Music Theory & Composition: Scoring for Film & Multimedia at New York University (NYU).

If you have attended ‘Tis the Season or a FAME anniversary celebration, chances are you have heard Jesénia on the piano or were greeted by her warm spirit at the front door or registration desk.  Jesénia served as a Music and Technology Intern at FAME for two summers. This summer she developed and taught a creative and engaging curriculum for FAME’s “For the Love of Music” a summer program for elementary school youth.  Jesenia is a strong advocate for keeping live music in our schools. In addition to Jesénia’s individual musical pursuits, she serves as the group leader for her family musical group, Higher Ground.


Desmond Barnes

Desmond Barnes aka DB Bantino began working with FAME in his junior year at Morgan State University. In a recent article, Desmond stated “…the nonprofit FAME was the first official organization to give me and my music a chance and support my dream.  They provided me with recording studio opportunities, that I could not afford at the time, so that I could develop my promo materials.  In addition to moral and networking support, they challenged me with a commission opportunity to create, record and perform FAME’s theme song in 2009.  It was my first break to be professionally recognized for something that I created.  My exposure to and nurturing by FAME was a big motivating factor in establishing my career in music.”  The music and lyrics for the Theme Song can be found at http://famemusic.org/fame-theme-song-lyrics/.

Desmond is from Southeast Washington, DC. He is a triple threat with the creative talents of being a producer, writer and artist. Desmond has written songs for Chris Brown, Future, Tory Lanes, Rae Sremmurd, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jason Derulo and many other major acts. He signed a publishing deal with Rodney Jerkins Seventy7 Music Publishing in 2014. He has worked closely with Rodney Jerkins on writing eight songs for Fox 5 prime TV show Empire.

Desmond has produced music for three different television campaigns including LG Smartphone company. He also has worked in the studio with producer Scott Storch and other hit producers writing records and working on his personal music.

Desmond is a regular supporter of FAME and its programs.  He often calls Ms. Toni to inspire her to continue motivating youth and speaking into their ears: “You are Enough”.   He also supports youth in other nonprofits by writing and producing workshops in DC to help teach and motivate others to pursue their dreams and how to establish careers in the music industry.

Many thanks to Instrument Donors!

Crofton Piano Movers deliver pianos donated by Friendship House Senior Living Center.

To help keep live music in our schools and instruments in our children’s hands, we are constantly looking for new or gently used instruments to donate to deserving students and/or schools.  Financial contributions are critical for maintaining and repairing our instruments.  Donations received during this quarter include:  1) A Whitney acoustic Baby Grand Piano with bench and a Yamaha Digital piano with bench from Anne Derby and the Friendship House Senior Living Center in Sandy Spring, Maryland; and 2) an upright bass donated by Brett Murray, and his nonprofit foundation, Concert for Causes, Inc.  Brett made the donation after hearing that the FAME Jazz Band Program’s new bass player, Genesis Dorsey needed one of her own for performances and practice at home.

Many thanks to these donors!  You have made a substantial contribution to our students and organization. Also, thank you to our piano consult and tuner, Mr. William Grogan; and Crofton Piano Movers for their continued support.

FAME Jazz Band member Genesis Dorsey receives upright bass from Concerts for Causes, Inc.

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