MUSIC MAN PROJECT
Bang & Crash
In the summer of 2015 Jac had an idea to start a new activity involving music. The feeling was that anyone can make music so we should give it a go.
With the help of Simon she applied for a grant to buy instruments and was fortunate enough to be awarded enough from The Big Lottery Fund to buy enough Djembies, Conga's, Bongo's, Ukelelie's, Glocks and shakey rattley things to get started.
We advertised the fact that we were going to start "Bang and Crash" sessions with the idea of picking popular music and drumming along to them and seeing what we could come up with.
A few months after getting going, Jac was told about a guy called David Stanley who ran "The Music Man Project" (MMP) in Southend. This was started by him early 2000 and had become hugely popular. David's belief is that people with learning difficulties have as much passion for music as everyone else and he wanted to guide them into learning and performing.
In 2015 he took his many groups of performers and hired The London Palladium, where they put on their own show. It was a huge success.
On finding out about the project, Jac went with Louie Lou who helps out, along to a meeting in Norwich where they met with David who was offering to mentor other Mencaps to be a part of The Music Man Project. We were so excited once there and hearing about it that we said yes straight away.
A month later we officially became Music Man Project Lowestoft. We are so proud to be a part of the project and our members love it. We used the show DVD to learn some of the songs which we had great pleasure in performing for David when he came to visit, he was thrilled to bits with the effort we had put in.
As well as learning the MMP songs, we have a few popular songs that we are learning rhythms to and are putting our own stamp on them.
We are so proud of the Bang and Crashers for how they love to perform and their enthusiasm.
Our future plans are to perform in local venues, residential homes and anywhere we might get an invite in readiness for taking part in the next London Palladium show
We are currently looking for someone who can play the piano to help us, it will make it easier for us to learnt he songs.
Our music sessions run on a Wednesday 1.30pm-3.30pm. We are intending to start a Thursday morning session soon as we have many people wanting to join and are running out of room for just one group.
Please click on the link below to visit the website for David's Music Man Project.