As a founding member of Railroad Earth, Andy Goessling played multiple instruments, was a product of music education, and passionate about mentoring young artists. In memory of him, we partnered with the band—who also rallied friends, family, and fans—to donate an Intro To Music Grant to Fourteenth Avenue Elementary, an all special needs school in Newark, NJ. (Photos courtesy of Erin Mills)
Before the event started, students had the opportunity to try out the upright bass.
Then the band took the stage to perform a couple of their hit songs. The crowd loved it and there were even a few audience members in the back dancing along on the floor! At one point, each member went up to demo their instruments which included the piano, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, guitar, and drums.
Students then had the chance to ask the band questions like how many instruments each member plays and how they decided on which ones to take up. The upright bassist gave great advice which was that it may only take a short period of time to learn an instrument but it takes years to master.
Now it was time for the students to perform! They did an amazing job singing two songs accompanied on the piano by their wonderful music teacher.
Then came the big reveal. Everyone joined in counting down and unveiling the brand new instruments donated to the school!
Railroad Earth and their incredible community have raised more than $27,000 and counting for Save The Music! The Intro To Music Grant they donated to Fourteenth Avenue Elementary marks our 26th school grant in the district. By 2022, we estimate that close to 100% of Newark students will have access to music education.