Category Archives: JDCRO News

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.

DVD Screening

Carroll Arts Center Westminster, MD – On November 5th, from 1:00- 4:00 pm Kit and Kaboodle Productions of Eldersburg, Maryland will screen the The Making of a Rock Orchestra — an uplifting moving documentary made by Kit and Kaboodle’s front man Neil R. Beller, Jr. The film chronicles the 5 months that Joe Dundore, a local music teacher, spent creating from scratch a 41-piece community band to perform for charity. It will be shown at the Carroll Arts Center at 2:00 pm.

“The Making of a Rock Orchestra” chronicles Joe Dundore as he takes on the arduous tasks of finding band members who play a variety of instruments, composing music, teaching children and adults to play music together, performing live for organizations throughout Maryland and all in the name of Charity. From the very first practice through near disastrous rehearsals, and finally the recording of their very first CD the band overcomes many adversities. Although sometimes hopeless, the group of talented individuals grow from a community band into a much sought after rock orchestra.

Directed, produced and edited by Emmy award winning filmmaker Neil R. Beller, Jr., this documentary is a raw look at having a dream and persevering to make it come true. Adversity is overcome and many lives are touched as Joe Dundore makes that dream a reality.

Tickets are available at the door for $3 excluding past and present band members who will walk the red carpet. The DVD of The Making of a Rock Orchestra will be available for sale in the lobby for $15 along with other merchandise including Dare to Dream, their inaugural CD.


Fall Festival

The town of Sykesville held it’s 37th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8th.

Main Street was filled with artisans, crafters, entertainment, scarecrow making, show cars, childrens activities, food and live music.

The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra delivered a live performance to a huge crowd in the heart of the downtown district.  Donations collected during the concert will all go to the Downtown Restoration Project!

Many thanks to all the friends, family, and supporters who showed up to cheer us on!

Check out the photos, as well as the article in theEldersburg Patch!