The Journey Begins

The idea to open a community music center has been rolling around in my brain for quite some time now. I grew up in “HoFlo” and have long seen the need for somewhere  that folks of different backgrounds and generations could gather to sing, play, create, share, listen, and otherwise “itch” their musical curiosities. I wanted there to be somewhere that a kid who wanted to learn how to play the violin could ride on his bike after school and get a great lesson without his parents having to pay a ton of tuition. I thought it would be so cool to offer a space where all of the adults who look back upon their childhood and say “I wish I had never given up playing in the band” could go for another chance at musical glory. I thought how valuable a music center in the heart of our community could be. And then I said some of these things out loud to someone who isn’t my wife or my dog. I exclaimed “how cool would it be if…”

That was the moment: the idea had left my head and passed over my lips. It was out in the world and need to be cared for before becoming a “I wish I had…” So, here starts the journey. The Sounds of Illinois Community Music Center is recognized by the great state of Illinois as non-for-profit corporation, and has been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. We have paperwork, a logo, a free website, three officers, and a vision. All we need now are folks who have an itch that needs help scratching. But, I know they won’t be hard to find.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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