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.
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.
Director, 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.)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Justin is a junior at Rutgers majoring in pharmacy.
Juliana is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience.
Natalie is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in management and global business.
DeVonn is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in music.
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Alex is a junior at GW majoring in biology on a pre-med track.
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Michael is a freshman at URI majoring in cell and molecular biology.
Robbie is a junior at UMich majoring in mechanical engineering.
Ethan is a junior at Hartford majoring in acoustic engineering and music.