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Soundscapes Gala

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Victor Wooten is coming back, and he’s bringing his brothers!

After last year’s phenomenal performance, Soundscapes is delighted to bring back five-time Grammy award-winning bass guitarist and 1982 graduate of Denbigh High School Victor Wooten. Wooten hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the
super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. This year, he will be joined by his equally talented and innovative brothers: Joseph Wooten, who has played keyboard for The Steve Miller Band since 1993 and collaborated with such musical greats as Whitney Houston and Kenny G; Roy “Futureman” Wooten, also a five-time Grammy winner as percussionist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; and guitarist Regi Wooten, known worldwide as “The Teacher” because of his role teaching music to his younger brothers and many other notable musicians.

Honorees John & Margie Holt

Former maritime executive John Holt was one of Soundscapes’ first Board Members, and he and wife Margie, a former educator with Newport News Public Schools, have been two of the organization’s most dedicated and active supporters. They will be honored at the gala for their 11 years of unwavering support.

About Soundscapes

Now in its 11th year, Soundscapes believes in the power of music to change lives, and understands that all children—regardless of socio-economic background—have the capacity to create and contribute to our community. For Soundscapes, music is a tool to reach children from early elementary through high school, and ultimately, help them overcome their circumstances and achieve their full potential.

To do this, Soundscapes provides free, high-quality music instruction, free musical instruments, and frequent opportunities for performances to more than 400 low-income and underserved students in Newport News. Instruction takes place for two hours after school every weekday for 32 weeks during the school year and also includes a summer program. Professional musicians who have been trained to work with children use a highly refined curriculum to teach increasingly complex music theory and practice, and also work with students to develop healthy social and emotional behaviors. As a result of the comprehensive curricula, the children develop the skills required to succeed in school and beyond.

The program works.
 Students who remain in the program show strong evidence of positive behavior, civic leadership, and academic curiosity.
 Soundscapes students are five times less likely to have a discipline referral and also miss fewer school days than their peers.
 Students in Soundscapes pass the state Standards of Learning assessments at higher rates than students not in the program.
 A recent nationwide study of similar youth music programs showed participants had higher levels of "growth mindset"—the belief in one's ability to develop through hard work and dedication—than their peers.

Cost: Individual Ticket: $150 Tables and Sponsorships also available.
Phone: (757) 273-6178
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