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Dream Big Music performing swing dance concert, jazz workshops

TO PERFORM — Matt Hill & Friends will perform at a swing dance on May 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse, 159 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, with special guest Dr. Sunny Sunseri on bass. Group members include front, from left, Matt Hill, Cathrine Glodowski and Marty McDonald, and back, Joe Olenick, Jack Skidmore and Thomas Olenick. -- Contributed

WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg-based Dream Big Music, a nonprofit organization that began in 2016 by offering free percussion lessons in the 4th Ward park of Wellsburg, has been awarded a grant to offer live concerts and jazz workshops.

Since its beginning, the organization has grown and offers free in-person and online lessons for children ages 7-18 in Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and Kanawha counties of West Virginia and Jefferson County at the Sycamore Youth Center.

Dream Big is open to all youth and especially for children with learning disabilities and of low-income families. Youth in the Dream Big program learn skills such as self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, teamwork, critical thinking and self-confidence that will help them in life as well as musical performances, according to Matthew Hill, executive director.

The grant is to assist with a fiscal year 2020 Performing Arts Project and is awarded to Dream Big Music by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts and will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages to participate in online and or in-person jazz workshops. Participants of the workshops will learn jazz theory, how to play jazz standards and how to improvise a jazz solo.

In addition to the workshops, Dream Big Music will offer live concerts. The first will be a swing dance on May 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse, located at 159 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The music will be performed by Matt Hill & Friends and feature special guest Steubenville native Dr. Sunny Sunseri on bass. Tickets for the dance are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the swing dance will benefit Dream Big Music and the Harmonium Project.

Additionally, a jazz concert will be held on June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lawrencefield Parish Church, 44 Kirkside Drive, Wheeling. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For information on lessons or Dream Big Music, visit the website at www.dreambigmusic.org or call (304) 559-1047.

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