Firefly 2013

At Firefly, we “clipboarded” on the festival grounds before and after Dispatch preformed.  With much enthusiasm we went around to fans saying things like “Do you love Dispatch? Awesome! Have you heard about their Amplifying Education campaign?” It was awesome hearing responses from fans that are already informed and supportive of the campaign.  Many told me about their past experiences and involvement with AmpEd, and for those who haven’t yet heard about us, everyone was interested in learning more. 

This experience stood out for me because the people we were speaking with weren’t gathered specifically for AmpEd, unlike pre-show service projects.  Instead, they were at Firefly for the music, yet were still very interested in speaking with us to learn more about AmpEd.  As I was explaining the campaign, many people commented how great it was, and wanted to learn more.  It was an incredible experience being able to spread the word about AmpEd, telling fans about the great work done through this campaign!

Festivals 2013

Amplifying Education volunteers came out in full swing this summer to have a presence at Wakarusa,BonnarooMountain Jam and Firefly music festivals this summer. Though our funky tan lines and the shock of seeing Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo will fade, Amplifying Education’s impact will remain for many years to come in two very special schools.

Chad, Brad and Pete teamed up with volunteers like you to complete eight beautifully painted music and environment themed murals to donate to the Hunter-Tannersville Central School in Tannersville, New York and the Cornerstone Preparatory School in Memphis, Tennessee!  Each of the 3 ft. x 4 ft. murals, designed by Darren Buck at Honolulu Ghost Print Shop, were sketched onto 12 pieces of canvas and painted by Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festival-goers. Though many hands came together to create the artwork, we can only hope that they inspire many more to establish music and education as a constant part of their lives.

Did you help paint a mural? If so, THANK YOU from DISPATCH and Amplifying Education! We couldn’t be happier to help brighten two very deserving schools. Check back in the fall to see pictures of the murals installed in their new homes!

HEY CHICAGO! Ready for tomorrow night’s show at CharterOne Pavilion?!
Be sure to bring new school supplies and some cash for the Amplifying Education raffle, which will all go to support the music program at O.J. Neighbours Elementary, a K-3 school serving 450 students in Wabash, Indiana. 
Make a difference and get entered to meet Brad, Chad, and Pete backstage after the show! 

HEY CHICAGO! Ready for tomorrow night’s show at CharterOne Pavilion?!

Be sure to bring new school supplies and some cash for the Amplifying Education raffle, which will all go to support the music program at O.J. Neighbours Elementary, a K-3 school serving 450 students in Wabash, Indiana. 

Make a difference and get entered to meet Brad, Chad, and Pete backstage after the show! 

Some of our amazing Festival Team volunteers at Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, and Bonnaroo. Firefly, you’re next!

Some of our amazing Festival Team volunteers at Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, and Bonnaroo. Firefly, you’re next!

We’re heading back to Full Circle Farm on Saturday, this time with our friends from Guster and REVERB! Volunteer slots are full, but if you’re coming to the show later that night at The Greek, please be sure to bring NEW school supplies to support Bay Area students in need. Thanks!

Chad and I went to a high school that was the kind of high school for people that had trouble finishing school — something could have happened maybe they were bullied, maybe got pregnant, and other difficult situations. What’s cool about getting involved with social service projects is that we can kind of engage our fans and see what they’re interested in, see what they want to do to help the community. I think it’s just a very positive flow of energy that can only help the music.
Amplifying Education volunteers hard at work making “welcome back” packages for teachers at Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence. Great day partnering with our friends at Radio 92.9 and City Year Rhode Island!

Amplifying Education volunteers hard at work making “welcome back” packages for teachers at Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence. Great day partnering with our friends at Radio 92.9 and City Year Rhode Island!

Painting, cleaning, and planting… (at Pleasant View School)

Painting, cleaning, and planting… (at Pleasant View School)

This dedicated crew from all over the Northeast joined us in Providence on Saturday for a pre-show service project with City Year Rhode Island and Radio 92.9! Volunteers left Pleasant View School with magnificent murals, a painted playground, and creative crafts to welcome students back to school… AMAZING!

This dedicated crew from all over the Northeast joined us in Providence on Saturday for a pre-show service project with City Year Rhode Island and Radio 92.9! Volunteers left Pleasant View School with magnificent murals, a painted playground, and creative crafts to welcome students back to school… AMAZING!