Uptown Music Collective Presents "Purple Heart Project"

On Saturday, Feb. 11, students from the Uptown Music Collective will team up together with students from area schools, and the staff of the Community Arts Center, to present the Purple Heart Project, a fundraising concert for Wounded Warriors. All proceeds from this concert will go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project to help them and their families empower themselves and put their lives back together.

As our country finishes withdrawing its troops from Iraq and begins the same process in Afghanistan, we are left with the aftermath of over 10 years of war. In those 10 years over 30,000 of our nations servicemen and woman have been wounded in the line of duty.

The Wounded Warrior Project, founded by several veterans and friends who were moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home, began by providing comfort items to these wounded service members from Afghanistan and Iraq. The organization, which started small, has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back into civilian life. Tens of thousands of Wounded Warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

"I think it's important that we learn from the mistakes of Vietnam, where returning soldiers were blamed as much as our government was, for that unpopular war," said Dave Brumbaugh, Executive Director of the Uptown Music Collective. "No matter what your feelings may be about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we as a nation should honor, support and take care of our nation’s veterans who were willing to put their lives on the line when our country called"

The Purple Heart Project will feature over 40 students performing rock songs with a patriotic or related message, from artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, James Brown, Richie Havens, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and more. There will also be a raffle and other fundraising events during the course of the evening with all proceeds going directly to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Established in April of 2000, the Uptown Music Collective (a 501c 3 non profit school of music) has developed a reputation as the premier source of music education in the area, with an enrollment of over 125 students. Offering private lessons at all levels on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, as well as classes and workshops in music theory, songwriting, and styles such as the Blues, Jazz, Classical and Rock. The primary age range of the Collective is 10 – 18 yrs old, but is open to all ages and levels.

Along with private lessons, the UMC offers a myriad of programs including its flagship Performance Program. This program educates students about the ins and outs of major and minor performances, including direction, production, preparation and technical aspects of the performances. The student leaders for this performance are UMC student, Nuria Hunter, a senior at Williamsport Area High School and Collin Lakatos, a junior at Williamsport Area High School.

Over the past two years the Collective has used their performance program to help raise money for charitable causes and organizations. Previous charity fundraising concerts have included, Youth for Haiti in which all proceeds raised went to Direct Relief International to help the people of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Also, the students raised money for the local nonprofit, the Children’s Development Center, with their performance entitled, Reaching beyond Limits. Each performance rose over $5,000 for the intended charity. “Teaching our students the power of music to create change and the importance of giving back to the community are both cornerstones of what the Uptown Music Collective endeavors to do,” stated Brumbaugh.

Tickets for the performance are $10 in advance and $15 at the door with the proceeds benefiting the Uptown Music Collective (a 501 c3 Non-Profit School of Music). Tickets are available at The Uptown Music Collective (848 West Fourth St., Williamsport) and The Community Arts Center Box Office (220 West Fourth St., Williamsport) as well as Alabaster Coffee (410 Pine Street, Williamsport) and K & S Music (1116 West Southern Ave, South Williamsport). Media sponsor for this event is Backyard Broadcasting.

For more information about, The Purple Heart Project: A Fundraising Concert for Wounded Warriors, or the Uptown Music Collective, check out www.uptownmusic.org/mediaroom or call             570-329-0888      .


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