BEATS FOR A CAUSE

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Current Members

BEATS FOR A CAUSE

You may have spotted some of these familiar faces around some college campuses! Many of our alumni have gone on to pursue music and/or STEM studies.

Alumni

Joseph Maggiore

Founder/Director 2012-2015


My passion for music began early on as a pianist, at the age of seven. In elementary school, I transferred my piano skills over to an additional instrument, trombone. After five years of trombone, I began to play tuba. I was in the school band ever since fourth grade, and was the Tuba/Sousaphone Section Leader for the Freehold Township Marching Band. Through playing Tuba, I have played in multiple select ensembles including the Region II New Jersey High School Symphonic Band. Throughout middle school I participated in multiple ensembles including a steel pan ensemble and a percussion ensemble. In these bands, I learned the basics of creating percussion music and directing an ensemble. I have always had a passion for music and helping people. Creating Beats for a Cause has let me fuse these two passions. Beats for a Cause changes people's lives through music and directing this musical ensemble has most definitely changed my life in more ways than I probably know. 







Carey Lau

Director, Age 17


Music has always been part of my life, from playing the piano as a young child to playing the clarinet for the first time in fourth grade. As I grew up, I continued to pursue my passion for music in my elementary and middle school bands, and I learned the guitar and ukulele along the way. Currently, I participate in marching and concert band at Freehold Borough High School as the Clarinet Section Leader and have participated in Biotechnology High School's pit orchestra as well as the All-Shore Symphonic Band of Monmouth and Ocean County. Over the years, my enthusiasm has only grown, and music has impacted my life in so many ways.  It is an honor to direct this ensemble and give back to the community while following my passion.

JULIA NAGER

Age 17


I joined Beats for a Cause because I love the incorporation of music and service. My love for music began at age 6 with piano lessons, and expanded to playing the trumpet in concert, jazz, pit, and marching band. I was elected drum major of Colts Neck High School Marching Band junior and senior year, which has been an amazing experience! I also play guitar and ukulele at coffeehouse events at Biotechnology High School. Service is a major part of my life as well. I have traveled to Pennsylvania and West Virginia on construction-based mission trips, and I participate in service projects in my own community. I love how Beats for a Cause is a fun and unique way that music gives back to the community!



NEHA NANDIWADA

Age 16


Ever since my first time winning a season of the American Idol video game for PlayStation 2, music has been a big part of my life. My love for learning and teaching music started at a young age and has manifested into my dedication to Beats for a Cause, choir, and the school musical. When I first joined Beats for a Cause, I truly found my niche. I was able to do what I love, make close friends, and give back to people all at once. I can't wait to continue this journey with this selfless and talented group of people.



Phoebe Dijour

Age 17
















Hoang-NaM VU

Age 17


Nam is a senior, hoping to maybe go to a good college, and stuff. Besides his boomwhacker-related acuity, he enjoys playing the piano and composing. He also plays golf for his high-school team and video games whenever his parents let him. He loves to give help where help is due, and volunteering has been a great way for him to give back to his community. He loves BFAC and loves how it combines his passion for music and passion for people!



CHRISTOPHER DINH

Age 17


What would happen in the US if pounds were replaced kilograms overnight? There would be mass confusion! (This is why I decided to stick to music.) I started out playing the piano, and then, in third grade, I discovered the recorder and carried it everywhere, playing for everybody. Soon after, my parents got me a trumpet, which would be harder for an eight year old to lug around. I played it up through middle school with my school band. In eighth grade, I joined my church's handbell choir so that I could combine my love for music with my passion for service. Beats for a Cause is another group where I can enjoy playing music and giving back to my community. I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope to keep giving back. (What's the difference between a good joke and a bad joke? Timing.)



rEINA SAMUEL

Age 15


Music has always been a very important part of my life. I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old, and I've been singing practically since birth! I enjoy participating in my school's musicals and coffeehouses, and also have a passion for choral music. I am a co-director of BTHS choir, and am part of a high school choir, VoicesNext. I also participated in NJ ACDA All State Choir, and am part of a teen handbell ensemble, Impulse Handbell Ensemble. I like to use my passion for music as a way to give back to my community by singing in senior-living centers throughout the year. I love being in this group and having the opportunity to work alongside such talented musicians! 



BRADLEY LOUI

Age 16


My name is Bradley Loui and I'm a junior. I have always loved music and played the violin and alto saxophone for a while. Being a Boy Scout, I am familiar with community service and how great it is to be able to support a cause. To be able to combine my passion for music and use it for community service makes it all that much better. I can't wait to work together with the other members to create awesome music to support Surgeons of Hope!



ISABELLE PAPA

Age 15


I have loved music for as long as I remember, starting at age 7 when I started piano lessons and was instantly hooked. In middle school, I was very involved in the music program, and I played flute (starting in 4th grade) and clarinet (starting in 7th grade) in concert band. I also played piano and flute in jazz band, and participated in small ensembles. Last year, I began to focus more on classical music and participated in several piano competitions, one of them resulting in the amazing experience of playing at Carnegie Hall. This year, I played flute in the Rumson-Fair Haven High School marching band, and I also play piano and flute at a local church. I am looking forward to expanding my musical experience with Beats for a Cause. ​



GAURI LAHOTI

​Age 14


Music has been a large part of my life since 4th grade, when I first started playing the clarinet. It started as just something I did in my free time, but as I entered middle school I started playing instruments more passionately, with my eyes on our school’s Jazz Band, Handbells Ensemble, and All Shore Band. In high school, keeping music with me was a little bit of a struggle at first, but then I joined Marching Band and Beats for a Cause, a fun way to give back to the community through something that I love to do, making music. 


SKANDA SKAI

Age 14


​From a very little age, I have had a deep love for music. In third grade, I started to play my first instrument, the piano. This helped increase my passion for music and in sixth grade, I joined my schools choir. Later on, I would be selected into their select choir program and also into the New Jersey select state choir. My passion for music has only increased throughout, and I am so happy to participate in this program, where I can continue my passion for music, but for a good cause.









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Rutgers University


Justin Hall

2012-2015

Justin is a junior at Rutgers majoring in pharmacy.


JULIANA DIGIACOMO

2015-2017

Juliana is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience.


NATALIE PUGLIESE

2015-2017

Natalie is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in management and global business.


DEVONN SMITH

2013-2017

DeVonn is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in music.

NICOLE SELTZER

2012-2013

Nicole recently graduated from Rutgers with a BS in Criminal Justice in 2017.


George Washington University


Alex Kaunzinger

2012-2015

Alex is a junior at GW majoring in biology on a pre-med track.

ALISON PAGALILAUAN

2013-2017

Alison is a freshman at GW majoring in biology and biological anthropology.



University of Pennsylannia


Joe Maggiore

2012-2015

Joe is a junior at UPenn majoring in biology.


Dylan Cook

2015-2017

Dylan is a freshman at UPenn majoring in biology.



Pennsylvania State university


Hunter Davey

2012-2015

Hunter is a junior at Penn State majoring in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.



BrookDale community college


Alec Battaglia

2012-2016

Alec is a freshman at Brookdale majoring in biology.



Cornell University


Ethan Seltzer

2012-2016

Ethan is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in biology.



University of Rhode Island


Michael Brennan

2015-2017

Michael is a freshman at URI majoring in cell and molecular biology.



University of Michigan


Robbie Greenberg

2012-2015

Robbie is a junior at UMich majoring in mechanical engineering.



University of Hartford


Ethan Wagner

2012-2015

Ethan is a junior at Hartford majoring in acoustic engineering and music.