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The Candyman Strings & Things announced dates for its fourth annual public awareness effort, the Wanna Play? Experience. The event is scheduled for May 4th, 2013 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
“The Wanna Play? Experience is a day that we set aside for those who don't play music but wish they did. According to Gallop poll, that's 85% of non-music makers. We want these folks to join us on this day so that they can investigate music for themselves and learn about the many health benefits of playing music,” says Rand Cook, managing partner of The Candyman Strings & Things.
Cindy Cook, who owns The Candyman with her husband explains, “This event is so much fun for those that don’t currently play an instrument - even for those who do! We set aside this day each year to take the intimidation and pressure out of the equation so that people who attend can play music just for the fun of it. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never played before or if they haven’t played in decades.”
The event is free of charge and a plethora of interactive elements have been planned including: free mini lessons on a large variety of instruments, the wildly popular rock band test drive, drum and harp circles, an instrument petting zoo, a passport game with a prize wheel, a kids craft area, and lots of musical professionals who will be on-hand to teach and guide visitors. Informative handouts about instruments and brochures about the benefits of music making will also be available for visitors to take home.
Other local music and arts businesses are pitching in to add more opportunities this year including Stepbridge Studios who will be bringing their interactive recording suite. Artisan will be present with their interactive art display. FamJam will also be providing the infant, toddler and preschool area with lots of interactive music activities for families.
In addition, two celebrity guests will be attending and pitching in to help spread the joy of music including Travis Perry, Inventor of the ChordBuddy guitar learning system as seen on the hit ABC TV show, Shark Tank. Shark Tank is a program that gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and make a business deal with the ‘Sharks’ who invest their own money to bankroll entrepreneurs who convince them that they have the next greatest idea. Travis wowed the Sharks and landed a deal that made him and his product, ChordBuddy, an overnight success.
Travis and his right-hand man, Tyler, will be at the event with their ChordBuddy workshop. Several guitars outfitted with the ChordBuddy system, along with personal hands-on instruction, will ensure all who participate will be playing the guitar within minutes!
Seryn (as Paste Magazine defines “each member swapping instruments and all five singing choruses at the top of their lungs—can best be described as “joyful.” The magazine named Seryn’s performance the best of SXSW and their song “We Will All Be Changed” one of the Best of 2011. With an impressive portfolio of songs, accolades and national exposure, Seryn will be teaching lessons, doing demonstrations on unique ways to get interesting sounds from various instruments and will be performing live on The Candyman outdoor stage. In addition, film-makers who are currently in production on an upcoming film about Seryn, titled A Canvas of Sound, will be at the event to film elements of Seryn's demonstrations and performance to include in the film due for release at the end of this year.
The Candyman Strings & Things received the prestigious Wanna Play Dealer of the Year: Music Makes a Difference award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)’s Top 100 Dealer Awards (dubbed as the retail Oscars) in 2011 and again in 2012. “We can now boast that this event is a national award winning event and we’re so thrilled at its success,” says Cindy.
The Cooks and the entire Candyman staff encourage the community to join in on the free public outreach activities and to start experiencing the proven benefits of making music including:
- Stress relief and reduction of “job burnout” for adults
- Improved academic and social skills for children and teens
- A tendency to be more musical throughout life for toddlers
- Management of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson for seniors
“There is no such thing as perfection when playing a musical instrument,” said the NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. “We are encouraging everyone to pick up an instrument and just have fun with it. If you have a heart beat, you have natural rhythm. We encourage everyone to visit (The Candyman) and give it a try.”