Return Engagement for Marin Harmony Singers at Aegis

With director Daria conducting, 19  members of the Marin Harmony a capella chorus returned for their second performance at Aegis in Corte Madera on Oct 14. They dazzled with harmonized vocalizations of classics such as “Under the Boardwalk”,  “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’”, “Day Tripper”, “I Can See Clearly Now”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and a Beatles medley. Check out their fabulous rendition of the Beatles’ “Because” below! The audience was delighted and wants them back again. Many thanks to all members of Marin Harmony!

I got wonderful feedback! Residents loved it and I’ve overheard them praising the performance several times. Thank you!
— Lauren Wandler, Life Enrichment Director, Aegis
Natalia Betzler
MusicRob Thomure
Fidget quilts are coming!

Thanks to the talented, generous Marin Sew & Sews quilters LITA volunteers will be getting fidget quilts to share with their buddies who have dementia. It is wonderful to have so many resources and supporters in Marin helping to make people’s days a little better!

One to OneJessica Williams
Ukulele Strumfest Number Two at Bello Gardens!

BTM music coordinator Rob Thomure returned for a second ukulele class “play along/ sing along” on September 24, 2019 at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo. Besides ukuleles, hand percussion instruments such as shakers and a frame drum were also given out for a rhythm section. Residents sang. strummed and tapped their hand drums to  “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, “You are My Sunshine”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Keep on the Sunny Side of Life”, “Five Foot Two” and more. Thanks to Bello Gardens Activities Director Shelley Katz for facilitating and being so supportive.

The residents claim it as the highlight of their month! Thanks for this fabulous music program from LITA! It’s delightful to see (residents) bang away at the drum and the other percussion instruments you provide.
— Shelley Katz, Activity Director, Bello Gardens
MusicRob Thomure
Another great afternoon in the park
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Thanks to a grant from the Parks Department, funded by Measure A, LITA volunteers and residents from Professional Post Acute spent a lovely afternoon at Lagoon Park. There was harmonious music by music volunteers Nowelo and Ned, tasty afternoon snacks and lots of smiles!

I made a new friend that would like to visit my garden at PPAC. I was really glad to express myself and share conversation about my gardening. The program was great, lots of people, delicious sweet watermelon, friendly dogs, and good music.
One to OneJessica Williams
Natalia Betzler Entertains at NeuroRestorative in Fairfax

Our most active student musician volunteer, Natalia Betzler, serenaded residents of NeuroRestorative in Fairfax on September 18th. NeuroRestorative serves people of all ages with brain, spinal cord and medically complex injuries. Along with classics such as “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Mamma Mia”,  and “Summertime”, Natalia sang some songs in Spanish for the Spanish-speaking residents. “La Bamba” was a big hit! (click below to hear). Thank you, Natalia!

It went great! Natalia has a beautiful voice, and it was a real treat for all of us!
— Chris Francisco, NeuroRestorative
MusicRob Thomure
LITA went to the Park!

A big thank you for Measure A funding which helped LITA volunteers and residents have a lovely afternoon at the Lagoon Park near the Civic Center. There was lemonade, ice cream, music and dogs! What could be more fun?

Strum, strum, strum! Ukulele Class for Seniors at Bello Gardens

With a big bin of ukuleles to pass around, BTM music coordinator Rob Thomure led a ukulele class on July 16, 2019 at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo. The residents worked on their strumming technique and their C chord, and sang and played along to “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Row Row Your Boat”, “Run through the Jungle”,” Summertime”, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”, and “You are My Sunshine”. Everyone had a great time. LITA could not be so successful without the partnership of the facility staff. Thank you, Shelley, for your support!

... we are so happy and grateful to have the LITA music program at Bello Gardens. As you can see from our residents faces, they were lit! Music certainly touches the soul and the brain.
— Shelley Katz, Activity Director, Bello Gardens
MusicRob Thomure
Do Wop Do Wop! Marin Harmony Octet Sings for Creekwood Senior Home Residents

A full house of residents turned out to hear the fine harmonies of 8 members of the Marin Harmony Chorus at Creekwood Senior Home on June 28 in Novato. Classic gems such as “Under the Boardwalk”, “Sentimental Journey”, “In the Still of the Night”, “Stand by Me”, “My Girl”, and more were performed. Click below to hear an excerpt from the Do Wop classic “In the Still of the Night”. Many thanks to director Daria and members of the Octet, and to the staff at Creekwood for hosting!

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MusicRob Thomure
Mamma Mia! Natalia Betzler Entertains at Greenwood Assisted Living

Tam High rising sophomore and veteran LITA music volunteer Natalia Betzler entertained the residents of Greenwood Assisted Living in San Rafael (formerly Harmony House) with her finely- honed vocal and piano talents on Wednesday June 19th. Her repertoire included “Summertime”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Golden Slumbers” by the Beatles, “Sunday Kind of Love”, “Mamma Mia”, and many more classic gems. She was in fine form, and brought smiles and happy reactions as her audience recognized the well-loved, classic songs. Thank you, Natalia!

Natalia Betzler
MusicRob Thomure