Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Special Message from the Akoustikos Director

       With the new year beginning, it’s time to reflect on our accomplishments from the past year. Akoustikos made a big leap forward (a former member even said we went ‘legit’)! The improvements made included logos, shirts, web sites, front-page news coverage, and a public venue to perform in. It was important to me, this time, to get some of the students involved in the planning stages because it is also their project as much as it is mine.
     During the venue-planning, they wanted to share their talents with the seniors at the nursing homes-- which is very giving of their time and efforts. I cannot thank everyone involved enough for their efforts. All of the members of Akoustikos should take great pride in what they have done, and I hope they had a little fun along the way. I want to thank all of the new members for giving this a chance, and I hope they had a great experience. A special thanks to all of last year’s participants who immediately said “yes” to being involved this year (everyone came back this year -excluding two who are no longer students).
      As we close the book on the 2010 tour, one thing sticks out in my mind. Even though many residents said wonderful things about the group-- including two gentlemen who stopped me to say that the Akoustikos group was the best entertainment they had there-- It was the last stop at the VA Hospital that will stay with me the most. A young vet who was wheelchair bound grabbed my hand, so I asked him if he liked the show. He pulled me in closer to him and said with vigor, “It was awesome.” He was right. It truly was awesome.

Thank you to everyone for making this special event happen.

(Akoustikos Director)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Show at the VA

What a fun way to end the Akoustikos 2010 Tour!
After the group played some well-known tunes, the residents celebrated with their very own bologna drop, refreshments, and of course, noise-makers. After the short intermission, the group "wrapped-up" the celebration with the rest of their set-list. Here are some great pictures from that afternoon: