Saxophones for Charity

by | Mar 27, 2015 | A&E

Katie Jones

A&E Reporter 

Humber College saxophone students participated in a charity concert that raised almost $500 on March 21.

The event was a collaboration between Humber music students and Music Without Barriers, an organization that creates musical opportunities to those with physical, mental and cognitive limitations.

In early January, Humber Music professor Alex Dean approached the founder and executive director of Music Without Barriers, Adrian Moody, to plan a benefit concert.

Moody said the gesture was a great surprise.

“It was the first time for our organization that someone went out of their way. It was a huge milestone for us, we were really excited about that,” said Moody.

“Right away we started working together as a Humber Business School and had people involved promoting, tweeting and Facebooking.”

The evening event was held at a yoga and wellness studio located on Gladstone Avenue in downtown Toronto. The evening welcomed approximately 50 guests who took off their shoes to respect the space of the yoga studio, which Moody said made for a really fun and relaxed environment.

The concert featured nine Humber students along with a marimba player for one of the songs.  Quartets were divided into two groups, each playing a set of music that together totaled nine songs

Abagail Neale, one of Humber’s sax quartet players that evening said she was excited to perform and represent Humber while also supporting a good cause.

“I’m very proud to be a student of Humber College, especially so as a music student of a phenomenal music program unlike any other in Canada,” said Neale.

Neale also said she was grateful for the collaboration as a way to gain experience performing in front of an audience.

The quartet instructor, Alex Dean, and another quartet player, Ashley Kurkjian, were the ones who proposed the benefit concert as a means of getting performance experience, said Neale, while also wanting to support a very worthy cause.

The concert was supported by friends, musicians and Yamaha.

“Yamaha donated some prizes for a raffle, we had giveaways and there were cupcakes. Everyone that showed up for the show were there to support friends and family or support the organization,” said Moody.

Moody said there was some serious talent and everyone was raving about the show.

“It feels really great to be able to spread the message of what Music Without Barriers stands for,” he said.