Rock The Summer

We sat down with Aim D'Amaro to speak about Rock the Summer, a music festival happening this summer benefiting young local musicians.

Local Connecticut: For those that don't know what is Rock the Summer?

Aim D'Amaro: Rock the Summer is a concert for music education presented by the City of Ansonia and the newly formed non-profit organization , Banko's Music Foundation, Inc. The concert, which is being produced by Adventures in Music Productions, will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Nolan Field, 350 Wakelee Ave, Ansonia, CT. Gates will open at 4pm and it will be a free community event, with a suggested donation of $5.

LC: How many bands/vendors will there be?

AD: The  mission of the Banko's Music Foundation is to support music education in our CT schools so, Rock the Summer will feature students from the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven opening the show. After their performance, we will have two bands, one a local/regional act that has toured extensively and, one a well known national touring act. Our lineup will be announced on Monday, April 9. The event will also include food trucks and an instrument petting zoo for kids of all ages to have the opportunity to learn about and play instruments.

LC: Where will the money that is raised go to?

AD: All proceeds will go to Banko's Music Foundation, Inc so that they may continue their efforts in supporting public school music programs and awarding scholarships to students wishing to pursue careers in music.

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LC: What is the importance of the local community supporting young musicians?

AD: Over the past few years, it seems as though we have lost a lot of music programs in our public schools due to a lack of funding. With the help of the community, and organizations such as Banko's Music Foundation, we can keep these programs alive and benefiting our students.

Research has shown that music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skill that children use in other areas. Musical training helps to develop language and reasoning, memorization and increased coordination. It has been shown that music students have higher SAT scores, better auditory skills and more self-confidence. Music also builds imagination and creativity.

LC: Where can someone find more information about Rock the Summer?

AD: For those interested in learning more and staying up to date on the Rock the Summer concert, we have a Facebook page that you can like and follow, www.facebook.com/rtsansonia. If you don't happen to be on Facebook, you can check the Banko's Music Foundation's website for updates at www.bankosfoundation.org. All food and vendor information can be found at aimproductions@outlook.com.