Rockin’ the Cause 2014 held on June 1st was a great success! Over 400 people attended our biggest event of the year, held to benefit the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. Beach balls were flying, kids were up on stage dancing and singing, glow sticks were waving, and the music was rockin! The orchestra performed songs by Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, U2, Cold Play, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, the Temptations, Van Halen, Chicago and many more.
In the first half, during the orchestra’s performance of “My Daddy,” an original song written by Joe Dundore, a slide show with pictures of Nate and his dad and family was shown. The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation also gave a moving and inspirational presentation, after which the orchestra surprised them with a Walking on Sunshine music video filmed at the Mechanicsville Elementary School Playground rebuilt in Nate’s honor.
Audience members learned that not only can PVC pipes fix your bathroom, they can also make music notes! Inspired from the Las Vegas performance ensemble, “Blue Man Group,” the orchestra performed the notes to “Beautiful Day” on PVC pipe cut to the length of each note called tubulums, and PVC pipe built like a trombone called a drumbone. (See the Beautiful Day performance on YouTube)
In the second half of the show, trash cans, kitchen utensils, brooms, and anything the group could find to make percussive rhythms a la the performance group “Stomp” were preformed to the song “Viva la Vida.”
Later, the audience was a sea of glow sticks as the orchestra welcomed special guest Drew Baker, Nate’s older brother, on stage as he joined in on his guitar for Hey Jude by the Beatles (see the performance of Hey Jude on YouTube).
Between ticket sales, raffles, sponsorships and donations, the concert raised $8,000 for the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. The JoeyDCares Rock orchestra members had a blast performing for a wonderful crowd, and the audience sure seemed to have a great time too!
See more photos from Rockin’ the Cause 2014.
After the event, Chad Baker, the President of the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation said in a letter to the orchestra:
Dear JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra,
Wow, what a GREAT performance you put on yesterday! We at the NCB Foundation could not have been more impressed with your groups musical and acoustical talent throughout the entire show. You have an entire group of very talented musicians and four singers that could belt out lyrics like they were the original singers of the song. Your dedication to the performance certainly showed in every song and the involvement with the audience (especially the kids on stage) really made the day GREAT fun for everyone.
Your host Neil was excellent in keeping the concert moving and adding some great entertainment and laughs. Joey’s mix of music, sax playing and twist on songs (like the song with the broom) made it a show people will remember for years to home. The video tribute you did at the playground was over the top awesome and really touched our hearts that you would add even more stress on top of your already time demanding rehearsal schedules to do such a nice video for our group.
We at the NCB Foundation are very thankful for all your hard work and dedication to making this event so entertaining and fun. You are truly a class organization that takes its music seriously and we are proud to have partnered with such a GREAT group of kids and adults for such a fun event.
Thank you all for your financial contributions to the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. We promise to do GREAT things with this money that will help individuals, families and communities in need throughout Maryland.
Continue to “Go Out and Be Great” JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra!
The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation Board of Directors
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