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ROCK FOR VETS
A music education program for Veterans of all ages and abilities, commenced in 2010 (with Jerry Salas as the Head Coach) and based at the Long Beach Scottish Rite. Has helped over 250 Veterans in the program.
Veterans learn how to play music and or sing and fully participate in a music program designed to improve their mental health, well-being and interpersonal skills as measured by improved relationships with family, friends and colleagues. They will have the ability to become further engaged in society and be less inclined to engage in destructive life habits (i.e.: drugs and alcohol) as well as improve self-esteem and interpersonal, communication and socialization skills. Veterans build self-confidence and are connected to one another, being able to share experiences in a positive, enriching environment.
A nonprofit charity organizations one of the best charities to donate.
Rockin’ The Youth, an after school youth music program for at-risk high school students, to write and create 5 energy saving songs and to perform live to student body.
Choir program for Seniors at American Gold Star Manor, Long Beach. A residence for families of fallen soldiers and seniors. Commenced Oct 2015 and helped over 200 seniors.
Seniors Choir program at The Barbara Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach since Dec 2017 and helped over 150 seniors.
Engage Vocal Group, held at Engage Arts Colony Long Beach, since 2013.
Past program includes: Long Beach Rescue Mission Choral Program.
INMATE MUSIC PROGRAM
Inmate music rehabilitation program for inmates in the LA County Jail system, under Sheriff Baca, 2014.
THE VILLAGE JAM
A music education (Band) program for Veterans and residents of the Villages at Cabrillo, Long Beach. Has helped over 150 Veterans in the program, commenced 2015.
The Village Jam Drum Circle during summer months, since 2017, at Villages at Cabrillo.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
S 7 E 11, KISS a Vet
Jul 09, 2012 | 21m 16s | TV-14
After volunteering at a VA Hospital, Shannon decides to take it a step further and pose for a pinup to raise money for the vets. Not to be outdone, Gene performs with the veterans at a benefit concert to help raise funds for the Rock For Vets.
See Hollywood Reporter Video:
VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS BY IMAGES
ROCK FOR VETS
AMERICAN GOLD STAR MANOR VOICES
AMERICAN GOLD STAR MANOR VOICES
BARBARA ALPERT SINGING CIRCLE AJCC
PROGRAM GOALS AND OUTCOMES
We provide music instruction, education, coaching and mentoring to all participants. Our approach focuses on the individual’s strengths and gives respect, honor, and hope to all participants
Objective: 1. Participants will learn how to play music, sing and fully participate in a music program, designed to improve their mental health, well-being and interpersonal skills as measured by improved relationships with family and friends and an ability to become further engaged in society.
Objective: 2. Participants will perform at numerous venues employing not only their newly acquired musical skills but also by employing the ability to remove the barriers that have kept them from fully participating in society.
Objective: 3. Through mentoring, musical coaching and group dynamics, participants will become less inclined to engage in destructive life habits, drugs and alcohol and improve self-esteem and interpersonal communication and socialization skills.
The Rock Club’s Music Programs are often the first step in recovery because the participant begins with the safety of a musical instrument in a non-judge-mental environment of peers. Recovery empowers the participants to take charge of his/her way of like and live a full and meaningful life.
Participants learn to sing and /or master an instrument and are able to better engage in group process, socialize and improve their relationships with family and friends.
Each participant is on a continuum of recovery. Some move along faster than others (some do not and some are not challenged enough) and each person develops and recovers life skills at a different pace. Many report that by performing for each other and in public to resounding applause, they are building their self-esteem, compassion for others, are better able to interact in a group setting.
By developing new coping skills, they now respect themselves and others.
Coordinated care and multiple disciplines directed at participants as well as satisfying social interaction and being supportive are just as important to mental health as to physical health. The Rock Club’s Music Programs are sensitive to gender & cultural issues.
As the programs are experiential, participants understand military culture or school life, gender differences, and ethnic issues.
Participants often find recovery in helping another individual on their journey. With the Veterans who suffer from PTSD and other physical and mental illnesses, their home life also benefits as they become reengaged in family events, including activities such as dining with the family together again, not grinding their teeth anymore, and being able to engage in sexual relations again.
Participants also overcome their issues of shyness by being able to perform in front of the public and peers pride and confidence. The at-risk youth do better with grades and the seniors’ memory skills improve. Some success stories include Veterans getting jobs and feeling more confident to go into the interview process, Veterans getting full scholarships to the Musicians Institute, students graduating and being a family again. This has instilled a sense of pride and the participants are teaching others the skills they have learned.
The Rock Club Music Is the Remedy has become a life line in the survival of the homeless, former substance abusers and participants who may not have anyone left in their life. It has become a family for many and provides emotional support along the journey while the participants become more confident through playing music. They feel that they have something to offer not only their loved ones but also society.
Testimonials from participants whose lives have greatly improved include:
“This program gave me a reason to live.”
“I no longer have thoughts of suicide.”
“I enjoy being part of the choir. I love to sing.”
“I have learnt to breathe better to help my illness.”
“My social interaction has improved a lot.”
“I always felt I had no talent. The Rock Club has given me the opportunity to explore my capabilities.”
WE ARE MORE THAN JUST MUSIC.
YOUTH PROGRAM AND THE LONG BEACH WATER DEPT
Long Beach Water Department and Water Saving Message
Long Beach Water Department and The Rock Club joined forces again in 2014, with water conservation as the message. Cabrillo High School kids auditioned for placement in a band. Each student had to write their own water conservation lyrics, play instruments and record their own water conservation songs, yes these are our youth performing below. With help from Head Coach Charles Fearing Jr, coach Charles Roche and Music Director Frank McIlquham, their music came to life.
To listen to the songs, please click on links below. Proud of the entire team. Thanks go to Mrs Gladstone, Mr May, Raylene, Ashley (Flutie), Leslie, Gabe, Kelvin, Ozzy, Efrain, Johnathon, Johnathan, Mr Holt, Daviante, Myra, Cabrillo High School faculty members, Melissa, Kimberly, Shaul and Tim.
Listen for these songs to be used of the Long Beach Water Department.