When Pam Curschmann’s husband, John, died last year, she wanted to remember him by passing on his love of music.
While many people dedicate a scholarship to someone that passed, Curschmann wanted to try a different approach. She met with Mojo Music owner Bob Hufford and the two came up with the idea for John’s Auditory Arts Memorial — a program to help teach young students music.
The program would like to launch with two age groups — 12 and younger, and 13 and older. It will probably be limited to about six children for each group.
Mojo Music is matching a donation from Curschmann and giving double the studio time, which means the program is funded to provide studio time for the two groups on Saturday afternoons for about a year.
“It’s going to be a staged band,” Hufford said. “Once they have enough material together, they will be invited to play at different events around town.”
The program is focused on giving an opportunity to children who might not have a chance to play otherwise. There is no need for previous music experience.
“We will take any skill level,” Hufford said. “You don’t know where these kids are at, but the main thing is do they have desire?”
The hope is the program will be ongoing, and the group is open to receiving other donations or performing fundraisers in the future. The program will start as soon as enough students join.
“You’re getting a good value of getting kids off the streets and coming in to play music Saturday afternoons,” Hufford said.
Curschmann said it’s also about having the children be part of something and knowing what it’s like to be part of a group.
Anyone interested in the program can contact Mojo Music at 608- 254-7649 or stop in the shop for more information.