When Your Bandmates Lift You From Ashes

It was a live power line that sparked the devastating house fire. But it was live music that helped one teen find the strength to go on.  

benefit-concert-1In the dead of winter, 19-year-old Wyatt lost nearly everything when his family’s house burned to the ground. His acoustic guitar was his only worldly possession that was spared in the tragedy. For Wyatt– a member of his Music Clubhouse’s band, a talented solo jazz guitarist, and a mentor and role model to younger musicians in the Clubhouse– it was a meaningful miracle that his guitar was the item that made it out of the fire.

 

Unbelievably, there was one other good thing to come out of such a terrible experience.

band-shot-sizeWyatt’s peers and the staff at the Music Clubhouse immediately rallied and began planning a benefit concert, with 100% of the proceeds going to Wyatt’s family. The concert featured local musicians, Music Clubhouse alumni, as well as Music Clubhouse staff and youth who also helped produce the show, from publicity to set-up/break-down. The 200-person audience was captivated by the live performances and also by Wyatt himself who spoke to the crowd:

 

“Wow. This is crazy. First off I guess I’d just like to say thank you for everyone who came out tonight to this benefit concert, thank you to all the bands that performed today, everybody absolutely killed it! I’m still in disbelief and shock that so many people would come out to help me out during a time like this. This really just goes to show how powerful music can be and just how it can bring people together no matter what’s going on. I really am truly and forever grateful to everybody that came tonight and I can never say thanks enough. I hope you guys have had a great time tonight and once again, thank you! I love you guys!”

benefit-concert-2-sizeWyatt’s Music Clubhouse Director is deeply proud of this example of community. “This was a stand out moment of the year for me. I could not think of anyone more deserving of the outpouring of support than Wyatt. He is a man of patience and respect, and it felt great to be a part of a movement that was there for him when he was in a vulnerable position.”