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Help bring Music & Memory to Muncie

Contributed by: Michael Gerhard
Published: Tuesday, 12 November 2013 1:00 PM

Ball State Students Organize Benefit Show to Bring Music & Memory to Muncie

A group of Ball State freshmen has organized a benefit show called "A Night to Remember" in an effort to bring the Music & Memory initiative to a Muncie nursing home.

The variety show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Pruis Hall and will feature 11 student comedy, music and dance acts.

Music & Memory is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring iPods and other digital music devices to nursing home residents suffering from cognitive challenges to help them find renewed meaning in their lives through personalized music.

Performers scheduled to appear include: University Singers, Abso and Reflex (comedy troupes), BSU Marching Band Drum Line, Code Red Dance Team, In the Mix (vocal jazz group), Note to Self (all male a cappella group), Rhythms Dance Troupe, and professional comedians Mikey Mason and Chris Bowers (BSU alumni).

All proceeds will be used to bring personalized music players to residents of The Woodlands, 3820 W Jackson St., Muncie.

According to the Music & Memory web site, personalized music therapy often helps calm patients, connects them with memories, makes them happier and more social, and sometimes even reduces reliance on anti-psychotic medications.

A raffle will be held during the event, featuring gifts donated by BSU football Coach Pete Lembo, The Bob and Tom Show, cartoonist Jim Davis, and others.

The students organizing the event are enrolled in TCOM 101, a freshman course taught by Mike Gerhard, associate professor of Telecommunications.

Admission is $3 or a donation of a gently used iPod. Tickets are available at the door. All members of the community are invited to attend.