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Buffalo Music Hall of Fame launches 2020 student scholarship project with all-star music collaboration

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Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm

With musicians isolated across the globe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many have gone online seeking collaboration.

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President Anthony Casuccio posted an idea on Facebook, which evolved into a virtual creation of artists coming together for a good cause: The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame student scholarship program.

“I posted a simple idea asking for collaboration, the drum beat and chords, and a random group of all-star musicians responded,” Casuccio said. “Each player recorded the individual parts in their homes that helped bring this song to life, while I wrote the lyrics and added the guitar. In an era when musicians like to play live or huddle together in a recording studio, we were able to create that chemistry remotely.”

The song “In This Together,” with an uplifting message, is available as a donation-based download, with proceeds funding the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame scholarship program.

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame provides support for the scholarships, which are awarded to students in grade 12. The financial awards provide support for musical endeavors including college, summer music camps, lessons,
instruments, sheet music and other related expenses. Students are recognized and receive their awards at their high school awards ceremony. Additionally, winners have been invited to perform at various functions throughout the years.

“I continue to be greatly impressed by the accomplishments of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame scholarship candidates,” said Kim Burke, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame education coordinator. “They are invested in their community, have been inspired deeply by music throughout their life, and are exceptional young musicians. It is exciting to see what the future holds for these remarkable individuals.”

Visit https://soundcloud.com/user-537752409-610646760/together.

The collaborators: 

  • Drums – Gino Mirizio, international drummer/percussionist based in Toronto
  • Bass – Nate Kalnitz, 2016 recipient of the BMHOF Scholarship.
  • Organ – Matt Young, BMHOF inductee 1993; mainstay in the Western New York music scene
  • Vocals – Zuri Appleby, professional bassist, model and educator; toured with Nick Jonas, NoMbe, PARTYNEXTSTORE and Brent Faiyaz; was slated to go on tour with Lizzo this summer before the tour was canceled
  • Piano – Bob Kinkle, BMHOF inductee 2007; engineer and producer in NYC and one of the founding members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Songwriter/guitar/producer – Anthony Casuccio, 25-year music veteran whose audio production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards

About Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (BMHOF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 1983. The BMHOF was created to honor the region’s musicians and music history for the cultural enhancement and enrichment of the community. The BMHOF encompasses a population of over 1.3 million people from all five counties of Western New York including Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua. Its mission is to honor, preserve and protect the diverse musical culture and heritage of Western New York through education, scholarship and performance, and to recognize, via formal induction, those individuals and groups who have made a significant impact on the music scene. Visit www.buffalomusichalloffame.com

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