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JDCRO Receives Community Arts Grant

September 20, 2013

The JDCRO is proud to be a recipient of the competitive Community Arts Development grant provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Carroll County Arts Council. The grant program is designed to “help strengthen local arts organizations and enhance cultural opportunities” for residents. The funds received will be used by the orchestra’s Sound & Tech Crew to purchase storage cases for the risers used during performances.

This is the 3rd year that the JDCRO has received this grant. The Carroll County Arts Council said in a letter to the orchestra, “We are getting more and more applicants each year, and the field is becoming quite competitive, so you should be very proud of this award.” See the related article in the Advocate online or look on page 8 of this week’s print Advocate of Eldersburg & Sykesville newspaper.

Rita’s Fundraiser

September 18, 2013

Our fundraister at Rita’s on Monday was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the JDCRO.  We had a great turnout of supporters!

During the fundraiser, the orchestra provided entertainment for an hour and then went on to enjoy Rita’s treats.  Since this was a fall session event without most of our high school musicians, middle school musicians had the opportunity to take center stage!

JDCRO fundraisers help cover expenses, such as equipment, transportation, storage, facility rental, publicity, printing, Copyrights and more.

Pictures from Rita’s fundraiser taken by our new photographer, Ms. Anita White, are now posted!

Wounded Warrior


The Wounded Warrior Project show (Rockin’ the Cause 2013) hosted by the orchestra on June 22, 2013 was a great success! 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships, raffles, and direct donations were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This was the second time we supported the Wounded Warrior Project in this way.

Some videos from the show are on the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra’s YouTube Channel.   A gallery of pictures from the Wounded Warrior 2013 Show is also up on the website. It was fantastic to be able to put on a great quality show two years in a row and say that we’ve raised over $20,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project!

We presented a check for $10,000 at the Wounded Warrior Project Washington D.C. Office on August 5th. In attendance at the presentation were board members Dave Balch (President), Tom Luther (Vice President), and Carol Good (Secretary).

Reflecting on this past year, I’ve seen so many people step up this year, including students and parents.

Logan has done a great job with the trumpet section. Getting everyone to take things up a notch and take what we do more seriously.

The help of the Corthells was big this year. It was great having that extra help with putting all of the equipment away at all of our gigs, and having more stage hands to get what was needed with the curtain and the video screen at Saturday’s Show. Working on the stage crew is just as important as being a musician! And much needed!

Jeremiah Schofield for getting us off the ground with a great flyer and some new ideas that wound up sticking through to the final program.

Kate Beller has always done a fantastic job of record keeping throughout the years on our budget and money raised.

Scott and Melanie Kaffl do an outstanding job with storing our equipment, getting the stage ready and finding the most unique way of fixing problems that go on behind the scenes.

Dave Balch does a little bit of everything. Coordinating most of the show, running sound, and bringing everything together as President of the board. I think a big take away from one of the things he did was the idea of sponsorships. We had about half or more of the total money raised for our goal before we started because of the sponsorships we got. We couldn’t do it without him!

Whitney Frey always gets us great gigs. Love the out of the box thinking!

Tiffany Yetman did a wonderful job on the raffle baskets this year.

Neil was outstanding as our host! Kept things moving, entertaining and also had some great videos to show!

Glen Lee is a musician I highly respect and admire, and it was great for me to chew on his ear about musical ideas and so on with the band this year.

Maria Stoneroad did a great job volunteering to organize the lobby. Everything ran smoothly there!

Grant and Claire helped throughout the year getting thoughts from the student members relayed to the board members.

Our Junior Members did well with their part of the concert, and I am really pleased that our older students have taken our younger students in and helped them find their place in the group. Junior Members, please remember what they are doing for you, because one day it will be your turn to do it for someone else.

Libby and Alex’s performances were outstanding! Alex can reincarnate anyone, and Libby’s vocals are right on. How about that National Anthem! Outstanding singing to a very difficult song!

Anna’s first performance on the big stage was great! She has come a long way!

Trumpet, saxophone and clarinet horn pops were awesome! The “Circle-Square” Technique is the best!

Loved all of the solos! Libby – clarinet, Grant – saxophone, Frank – saxophone, Carol and Logan – Trumpet, Taylor – drums, John – Guitar

John did great this year on guitar! He had some tough shoes to fill.

Every musician and behind the scenes person did a great job throughout the year! We continue to surprise our audiences with the professional sound and crowd participation we give.

Thank you to seniors Grant and Taylor for starting and being a part of a group that had no real benefits at the beginning other than maybe it could be fun. I thought it was extremely hard to get high school students involved at the beginning because there are a lot of neat things to do in high school (drama, band etc.), and we were just getting started. You adding another thing to your plate that really wasn’t established meant a lot to me. It was you two and Kristen who started with us before I opened it up to middle school. Thank you for believing in what we could become.

Anyone who wants to help with anything, please let me know!


Really everyone has just continued to amaze me and has done so much work for this group. There are so many things that go on behind the scenes to make something like this work. I am just thankful for everyone who has put their hat in and given their time and talents.

It’s a very rewarding thing to see the group grow, as well as the kids, some of whom I started teaching since they were in 6th grade. I’ve always believed that you all had the ability to get to where we are today.

I try to take a group of kids and put them in front of an audience and expect a level of professionalism that people would pay to see, because I believe in your talent and your eagerness to learn.

I’ve given you brand new songs this year and asked you to learn them in about 1 month because I knew that you had the ability to do so. My belief in your talent hopefully says something to the character and work ethic you all have. You all work very hard to be in this group and I am thankful for it every day. A student musician has a lot on their plate. Not only are they learning an instrument and the language of music, they are expected to do well in school.

Always work hard and the dreams that you have will come true. You are my dream. Through the ups and downs of the storm, come you, who are the rainbow!

Mr. D

Festival of Trees

The orchestra performed their first show of the new session year on Friday night at the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.  Hundreds were on-hand to hear the band do many of their old favorites along with a few new pieces they’ve added for this year.

Great job everyone!

Wounded Warrior Check Presentation

On Friday, October 19th 2012, representatives from the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra visited the Wounded Warrior offices in Washington DC.  We proudly handed over a check for almost $10,000 to a very gracious and appreciative WWP staff.

Pictured from left to right are:

John Molino (Chief of Staff, Programs, WWP); David Balch (President, JDCRO Board of Directors); Braeden Balch (JDCRO Student Musican); Ralph Ibson (National Policy Director, WWP); Joe Dundore (Executive Director, JDCRO); Melanie Kaffl (Board Member and Musician, JDCRO); Chris Neiweem (Legislative Assistant, WWP)

Not pictured: Christine Baldini (Welcome Coordinator, WWP)

Special thanks to Kate Beller for putting together our care package, to all of you for your support of the event and our program, and to Kat Balch and Jim Hiltz for almost single-handedly bringing the WWP event to life.

Wounded Warrior Show

Our first-ever hosted event to benefit a charitable organization was a huge success.

Thanks to the generosity of our fans and our community, we will be presenting a check for almost $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Click on the gallery below to start the slide-show!

Juvenile Diabetes Walk


A huge crowd showed up to support the Maryland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for their annual walk at M&T Bank Stadium!  Read more about the event here:

The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra was proud to participate, entertaining the gathering crowds on Unitas Plaza up through the start of the Walk.  Libby and Sam did a great job fronting the band.  It was also the first time we were able to use our full stage setup.

The event attracted 2,700 walkers and raised over $67,000. What a fantastic day!

Special thanks to our photographers Kat & Rick!


Multiple Sclerosis Walk

JDCRO was on hand Saturday, April 14th to support the Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society at their annual Walk event in Frederick, MD.  Despite nearly a third of the musicians being away for a school music trip, the band still sounded great!

This show featured the debut lead singing performances for Chelsea and Sam, who both did a fantastic job on all of their songs!  Joey D managed to join the group for the first time since his leg surgery and belted out serious saxophone all morning!

The annual MS walk was a huge success and the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra was proud to participate!


Community Showcase

The South Carroll Business Association held their their annual Community Showcase event Saturday, March 31st at Century High School.  Area businesses gathered to showcase and promote their products to the local community.

We performed to an enthusiastic crowd while Mr. Dundore looked on from a Facetime feed!  He is recovering from leg/hip surgery and wasn’t able to be with us in person, but his hard work and leadership showed as Anne and Libby led the band.

Poe from the Baltimore Ravens hung out and danced his tail feathers off!  The band was in top form as they continue to prepare for their showcase event this July to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Carroll County Food Sunday


The lobby for folks needing food donations was full.  That, in and of itself, was an eye opener. JDC did indeed rock the cause; we collected 644 pounds of food!

Each family in need receives 20 pounds of food.  We are able to feed 32 families this holiday season. We also donated $35.00 in cash as well.

Nice job to all involved!


On December 10, musicians gathered to collect food to donate to Carroll County Food Sunday. Charity is not always about raising money. Charity is about raising awareness, or donating time for a great cause. During these hard economic times, food banks are stretched in order to meet the needs of so many. In order to have a successful food drive, so many things have to come into play. First, a venue in which to collect food. Eldersburg Shoppers Warehouse was supportive in allowing JDC to organize a food drive from 9am to 2pm. Second, a giving public who recognize the importance and the need for such an event. Finally, volunteers who donate their time and talents in order to reach a goal.

Today’s goal was just to do some good for those who are hungry this holiday season. For the 15 or so musicians, who donated their time today, from The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, our goals were not only met, but they far exceeded our expectations. JDC will be donating a trailer full of canned fruits, vegetables, soup, and boxed foods along with many other food donations. Of the nearly 250 fliers distributed, nearly 100 eager shoppers responded overwhelmingly to help donate. Shoppers were entertained by none other than Mr. Joe Dundore playing the sweet sounds of Christmas on a cold and breezy December day on his trusty saxaphone. Shoppers were greeted by enthusiastic musicians, who worked hard to make this inaugural food drive a success. Shoppers who donated food were also given an 11 minute dvd which promoted our efforts to do charitable work. Thank you to Neil Beller and Kit and Kaboodle Productions for providing this informational and entertaining piece so vital in making this such a success.

One of the highlights for us today was a family who was eager to donate food to our cause because in the past, food banks were a vital source for providing to them. We knew our efforts were well worth it in hearing this families story, and their willingness to spare what they could for others.

Our goal is continuing to let the public know that The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra will lend our talents in order to promote many different charities. JDC is anxious to entertain you in the name of charity next. Once again, thank you to a very generous public for making this fundraiser such a huge and rewarding success for all involved.