Joy Now Rocks it on the Waterfront – Spring Performance 2013

Hey guys!  Robin here,  music director for Joy Now… 

I woke up this morning feeling so elated after last night’s performance that I  wanted to write something about it…and share some good juju. 

Joy Now just finished our second after school session; an 11 week program that ran two days a week and culminated in a big performance at the Portland Rose Festival.  We worked very hard and over this period created a family of circus marching band performers who took the world by storm! 

419147_4794024218589_38703563_nI personally had such a great time at our big Spring gig last night and I am very proud of every one of these youth for showing up with such enthusiasm, talent and totally jammin threads (Max, your feather duster hat was out of control). I loved being backstage with all 50+ youth performers as they got ready – it was like…like..umm…..a circus! Or a barnyard. Maybe both.

The band sounded great on stage – way to nail the parts band and all take solos horn players! And the movement team rocked it with great dance moves, stilt shenanigans and some ca-razy new circus tricks. Yea! 

The best part of the night for me was dealing with a mini crises right before stage time when a big piece of Brahim’s baritone saxophone broke off, making it unplayable. With just 20 minutes before our set started we had to think of something so he could join us. Otherwise all of his hard work, and dedication for this moment would have been let down!  We began Joy4frantically texting and calling every sax player we knew in the city and called 4 music stores – none of which had sax techs working at that time. Down to the wire, I asked Felipe – one of the parents of the younger kids – to run to his car for super glue. He got back just 10 minutes before showtime and using that and some duct tape, we managed to stick the piece on and made it work better than before! It’s moments like these that, for me, just add to the drama and hilarity of this sort of situation. It’s show biz baby! And truthfully, I’m glad it happend as it made things more exciting : )   

joy1This was our first time including younger kids on stage. It’s SO great watching these kids get to do something they LOVE to do on stage! So many kids love to perform and be seen and heard in their creative expression. I realized after last night that even though it was scary for most of them, they all loved that moment so much.  We have mega plans to boost our younger kids programs this fall, so get ready!!  

The parade was also really great – it was fun to walk down to the esplanade and see the looks on people’s faces light up!  Thanks to Ariel and Gustav for finishing up the Fox Puppet and for all the volunteers n parents who helped us out (Thanks for the snacks, Jenna Eckert!

I left feeling elated and so happy for the community we are creating and the ripples it already has had on the larger community around us. This is a very special thing. I can feel the need for it now more than ever. We are thrilled to move forward and welcome everyone’s participation, young and old (Look soon for our adult classes ‘Joy Now Gold!’).

joy2We have ONE MORE Session this year –  our teen summer camp  begins June 23rd! Please come and see us perform at the end of the week! 

Until then, keep your body movin ~ 

Much love,
Robin

Help us reach 1,000 LIKES us on FACEBOOK

 

 

Posted in Blog

Win a free ride to our Annual Summer Camp!

We are excited to announce the opportunity for one lucky student to receive  FREE tuition to our annual summer camp coming up June 23-28th!  

The contest is being offered by PROWUS, our non-profit partner. Anyone is eligible! 

viewer

2013 Summer Camp scholarships details

Camp dates specified by music organizations are the only
ones eligible for the Prowus summer camps scholarships

The scholarship is Non transferable

Applicants must be between ages 8-18 to enter

Entry deadline is Sunday May 12, 2013

If applying for more than one camp must submit separate
entry for each camp.

Include the following information with submission.
• Name and age
• Address
• phone
• email address
• parent / guardian name / email / phone
• Indicate camp choice

HOW TO SUBMIT: 

Entries can be
Emailed to PROWUS at cjajjj@comcast.net
Mailed to PO 14115 Portland, OR 97293
Dropped off at School of Rock, JoyNow or Youth Music
Project
No late entries will be considered.
Winners notified by Friday May 24, 2013

FOR Questions email:  cjajjj@comcast.net

CREATIVITY COUNTS!

Posted in Blog

Joy Now FREE Sampler Day!

A FREE workshop and play day for parents and prospective students! 

If you’re thinking about joining Joy Now, this is a great way to come see what all the noise is all about. If you’re a parent of a current Joy Now student, it’s YOUR turn to try all the fun things your kids have been raving about. 

281248_225034654207241_3275106_nThis is sort of like an open house, except that it’s a workshop where we ask you to arrive by 5:30pm and stay the whole time to get the full experience. Trust us, you won’t want to leave!! 

Adults AND kids will get to: 

• Experience mini-playshops in circus arts, music, stilt- walking, costume design and more! 
• Learn more about the program, what we offer and how you can support it

FREE Wine and gourmet snacks!!!!

Monday, March 11th
5:30-8pm

St David of Wales Church, 2800 Southeast Harrison Street Portland, OR 97214

PRE-REGISTER and enter our RAFFLE to win a gift certificate to Townshends Teahouse – local, gourmet tea on Alberta! 
www.townshendstea.com

REGISTER NOW:  http://joynowproject.eventbrite.com/

You MUST register in advance to enter the raffle! 

Posted in Blog, Event

Wonderful Photo and Video Essay about Joy Now from the Oregonian

Ten years after it first began to delight audiences with its blend of circus arts and Klezmer-inspired, big-band sound, March Fourth Marching Band is mentoring a new generation. Members of March Fourth have founded Joy Now Arts Project for Portland-area youth.

“Family” is a word many kids use to describe their experience.

Recent Joy Now rehearsals reveal 18 middle- and high school-age kids collaborating on a rocking circus performance piece. They sew their own costumes, learn about Klezmer, and strap on stilts. Laughter punctuates the quiet confidence that comes from being surrounded by supportive, caring adults.

Admittedly, Joy Now co-founders Robin Jackson and Ariel Brantley-Dalglish want to save the world. The former March Fourth Marching Band members’ vision begins one child at a time, through the medium of art.

Modeled after the infectiously funky and raucous big-band performing group that they came from, with the support of some current band members, Joy Now Arts Project is completing its first go at an after-school program.

“We’ve seen the arts being cut from all different school and community budgets,” Brantley-Dalglish says. “ But we also have all this research that shows how much arts really help students thrive.”

You can check them out this weekend when they play the March Fourth Marching Band ‘s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza at the Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, March 3 at 4pm.

For information on how to register for upcoming Joy Now classes: http://joynowproject.org

— Faith Cathcart

Click here to see more photos from the article

Posted in Blog

Thank You!

Thank you peopleWe want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our supporters who have donated money, time and energy to help us kick off our new after school program!

Much gratitude to the following businesses and individuals:

 

 

ImageStore.dll

Emily Hetrick Realty

 

 

 

Andina
Artists Repertory
Bernie’s
Common Ground Wellness Center
Crossfit 
Crush
Duckpond Vineyards
Elephant’s Delicattesen
Faith Hats
Flora Bowley 
Floyds Coffee House
The Sanford Sisters
Kaya singer
Lisa Bogan
New Seasons Markets
“Night Flight”
Sweethome yoga
Tiny’s Coffee
Dierdre Thompson
Bhakti Shop
Zen Space
Awakenings yoga space
Mother’s bistro
MarchFourth
Matt Cawley
Sock it 2 me
Private lessons at Impact athletics
Stunting classes Uplift
Saucebox
Mississippi Pizza
Whitebird
Lovely’s 5050
Sabrina Sterling
Liberty Glass
Bollywood Theater
Red Fox
Salt and straw
Bin 21
Bike Galley
The Joinery
Radio Room
Townsends Tea
Scott Neisen
John and Teri Whitty
Ms. Erica J Kelley
Madoc Ying-wong
Raina McSherry
Erin McKenna
Steven and Lisa Erb
Carol Salami-Gostwick
Eric Brenner-Kelley
Whole 9 yards
Linda Schaldach
Sol Crawford
Robin Larsen
Jans ingber
Tony Favazza
Aimee Eddins
elizabeth bretko
Kevin Levy
David Hobby
Adam henry
Mike Howard
Jen Forti
Nick Lavorato
Lisa Lepine
Nikole Gramm
Sol Crawford
Rylan Heyerman
Rich Jones
Ben Pinkowitz
Peter Davidson
Thom Forster
Nathan Miller
Kevin Balmer
Therese Batt
Jeffery Cawley
John Labovitz
Lisa Bogan
matt siegel
Kaya Singer
Jorjan Plimmer
Patricia Moak
Bonnie Cohn
Hilary Anthony
David Hobby
Mary Mazza
Shelia Brantley
Elizabeth goeke
Dan Berger
Joanna Boyd
Sarah Lomas
Annamieka Hopps
Joe Mazza, Jr
Zipporah
Edye Sanford
Craig Huntley
Stacy Anne Murphy
Eric Brenner-Kelley
Aaron Blake
Anthony Meade
Jonathan Brinkley
Melissa Townsen
Monika Gerzova
Tangela Purdom

Posted in Blog

Drink for a Cause! A Benefit for the Joy Now Arts Project

At last! A way to combine two of your favorite pastimes at the same time

Drinking booze and supporting a non-profit youth program!

Fun433_524The Joy Now Arts Project is a circus and music performing arts program for youth taught by members of the MarchFourth Marching Band!

In order to keep our program running, we rely on community support! Bink’s on Alberta has offered to give 50% of all sales to Joy Now for an entire night!

It’s also Mardi Gras, so come hang out with us and encourage all of your friends to join us too. The more people that come, the more scholarships we will have for spring session!! Have a drink and help more youth attend our program!

We will also be raffling off an hour long massage at Zen Space (a fabulous Valentine’s Day present! ) Don’t miss your opportunity to Win! Win! Win!

Tuesday Feb. 12th from 6-11pm

Bink’s 2712 NE Alberta, Portland

Posted in Blog, Event

KZME presents the Joy Now Annual FunRaiser!

Come celebrate and be a part of launching a new community as we inspire and support our youth to rock out, make art and change the world!

Raise the roof at our 2nd Annual FunRaising party! Featuring a stunning night of music, dance and performance
Proudly sponsored by
Featuring:
VAGABOND OPERA – Bohemian Gypsy Cabaret!
THE JOY NOW YOUTH MARCHING BAND
DJ GLOBALRUCKUS

RAFFLE prizes and a SILENT AUCTION filled with goodies for your holiday shopping pleasure.  Games, wandering performers and lots of fun and exciting ways for you to help make this program a success!

Complimentary appetizers! Beer/Wine and food available

All proceeds will go to the Joy Now Scholarship Fund, helping ensure that every youth who wants to, can join us in the fun!

Thursday, DEC 6th
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
ALL AGES
$25 – $50
(Limited number of low income/student tix avail at door day of show and through contacting us)

GET TICKETS NOW: http://alturl.com/2fm8p
Also available at venue box office or call (503)764-4131

**
WANT TO SUPPORT US?

To donate an Auction Item email info@joynowproject.org

Your company name will be listed at the event!

Posted in Blog, Event, Performance

KZME presents ~ Joy Now Annual Fundraiser DEC 6th

Come celebrate and be a part of launching a new community as we inspire and support our youth to rock out, make art and change the world!

Raise the roof at our 2nd Annual FunRaising party! Featuring a stunning night of music, dance and performance
Proudly sponsored by
Featuring:
VAGABOND OPERA – Bohemian Gypsy Cabaret!
THE JOY NOW YOUTH MARCHING BAND
DJ GLOBALRUCKUS

RAFFLE prizes and a SILENT AUCTION filled with goodies for your holiday shopping pleasure.  Games, wandering performers and lots of fun and exciting ways for you to help make this program a success!

Complimentary appetizers! Beer/Wine and food available

All proceeds will go to the Joy Now Scholarship Fund, helping ensure that every youth who wants to, can join us in the fun!

Thursday, DEC 6th
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
ALL AGES

Ticket prices:

Admission $15
Supporter $25 (includes raffle ticket
Rockstar $50 (includes raffle ticket and t-shirt)
(No one turned away for lack of funds at door)

GET TICKETS NOW: http://alturl.com/2fm8p
Also available at venue box office or call (503)764-4131

**
WANT TO SUPPORT US?

To donate an Auction Item email info@joynowproject.org

Your company name will be listed at the event!

Posted in Blog