Great Night at Camp Rainbow!

Great night at Camp Rainbow. Those kids know how to have fun. Thanks to Brian Allen, Michael Vincent Baideme, Henry Wynn and John Kolbeck for donating their time. Also thanks to Evan Miller and Nick Brown bringing the sound system and making us sound right. This is the second year 12 Bands of Christmas has brought music to kick off a great week of Camp. So much fun rocking with the kids. You’d never know that any of them are fighting cancer. Tonight our buddy Caleb got up and crushed Sweet Home Alabama. Very cool kid and a great guitarist. Thanks to 12Bands Board Members Katie Irwin Ashley and John T Chandler for making the trip up. Also great seeing Jami Wolfe, Mandy Lee and Kym Allen. Those ladies along with the other Child LIfe Specialists are the ones who make things run smooth for the kids. Words can’t really describe the experience. If you are interested in more info on what 12Bands is about, visit www.12bands.org

Music at Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Monday April 22nd 2013

Today 12 Bands brought music to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.  I played some well known songs (Little Pink Houses, Sweet Home Alabama, Wagon Wheel etc) for two patients, CJ and Gauge as well as Gauge’s parents and several Child Life Specialists and interns.  It’s a great experience every time I do it.  CJ loved the shakers and had perfect rhythm.  Gauge strummed left handed on an extra guitar I brought.  He didn’t know how to play it, but he’s definitely inspired to learn.  His father said they’ve got a guitar at home that he’s going to learn on.  At the end of each performance I always get the kids to sign an old guitar and put their age on it as way to remember all of the kids.  They love doing it.  Not very often they are asked for their autograph!

Performing at the hospital is an amazing experience.  The kids have so much energy.  The parents look worn out as you might imagine.  They always seem appreciative that they get to break their new norm, which is treatment at the hospital, for a short time to enjoy music.  Today we just had 2 kids, other days we have a full house.  The hope is that no one will show up because there is no one at the hospital receiving treatment.  Hats off to the amazing staff – Jami, Mandy, Kym and all of the others dedicating their lives to helping these sick children.

We are in the midst of revamping our website over the next month or so.  Our plan is to have more stories, videos and pictures of visits like this.  We also will be highlighting some of the families that 12Bands helps financial.  We want you all to see what the healing power of music can do.  Of course we need your support, so donate if you can.  We operate year round, not just at Christmas.

Thanks for reading!

Joe