Keep the Music Playing

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Bobby Sangria

Cleveland, Ohio – The Roberto Ocasio Foundation today announced a collaborative effort with Royalton Music Center to sponsor “Keep the Music Playing,” a special FREE session for Strongsville High School Band and Jazz Band students, May 15 from 5:00-7:30pm, at Royalton Music Center (10167 Royalton Rd.; N. Royalton 44133). The event is being coordinated out of concern for the students’ learning, rehearsing, and joy of playing that was lost during the Strongsville Teachers’ Strike.

“Like so many in the community, we wanted to support students the way we know best, said Lauren Haas Amanfoh, owner of Royalton Music Center. “Though this event was previously planned to help the students in the event the Strike continued, we are especially pleased that it will now be a special and significant aid to the students as they return to Strongsville’s school-music activities.”

Students will have the joy of playing some new material, but with some New York energy and Latin perspective. The Foundation’s Artistic Director/Artist-In-Residence, Bobby Sanabria, will come from NYC’s Manhattan School of Music and the New School University to teach and lead the ensemble. A renowned jazz and Latin jazz drummer/percussionist, band leader, composer, and arranger, he is also a seven-time Grammy-nominated recording artist and award-winning documentary producer for PBS and the Smithsonian, and one of the world’s most recognized performers, educators, and articulate scholars of the genre. (

There is no charge for this event, but registration is requested by May 8th. Please contact the Ocasio Foundation (440.572.2048) or Royalton Music Center (440.237.9400) to sign up. Limited to the first 30 students (waiting list thereafter). Students are required to bring their own instruments and music stands.