In the Band Music Appreciation Studio is a new non profit group operating out of the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex (PARC), formerly Central Middle School. On this edition of Community Focus Bill Keith speaks with Nick Brandon, Founder and Director, and Aaron Mihalko, Co-Director about their efforts to support 7th – 12th grade students as they form local bands. In the Band Music Appreciation Studio will provide rehearsal space, educational programs and opportunities to listen to classic albums.
Max Jenkins interviews Sheila Weber, Counselor at Liberty Middle School, about the middle school mentoring program “Where Everyone Belongs.” WEB pairs 8th grade students with incoming 6th graders to help the new students make a smooth transition to middle school. They talked about the history of the program, plans for this year and opportunities for next year’s mentors.
Saba Mangla speaks with Kathleen Rich, Emergency Management Planner for Canton Township. They talked about Canton’s efforts to prepare for emergencies and what individuals can do to keep their family safe.
The Arab American National Museum is hosting a special exhibit celebrating actor Danny Thomas and his founding of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Mr. Thomas was of Lebanese Syrian heritage and he grew up in the Detroit area. The birth of the hospital came out of a prayer he offered in a Detroit area church. Midha Mashhood interviews Kim Silarski, Communications Manager for the Arab American National Museum. They talked about the exhibit, other offerings of the museum and the important role the museum plays in our community.
Bill Keith interviews author Warren Zanes about his new biography of Tom Petty. The book is simply called Petty. Zanes played in a band called the Del Fuegos in the 80’s and his band eventually opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He left the Del Fuegos shortly after the Petty tour but continued to be a fan of Tom’s music.