Posts in category "Education"

Summer Reading ZAZZ

Summer Reading ZAZZ
By RA Monaco Borrowing from an Urban Dictionary, the word ZAZZ is a quantifiable amount of something special—the higher the amount the more likely it is to be successful and awesome.  Lombard, IL – If you were East of the Sun and West of the Moon on Sunday afternoon you might have been at the... Read more »

Sounds of Summer

Sounds of Summer
By RA Monaco At a time when budget support for school music programs are being slashed across the country the inter-generational dividends of America’s investment was on display at the 15thAnnual Wheaton Band Festival. Fifteen summers ago, not many people thought the Wheaton Band Festival would’ve become the annual sounds of summer event that it... Read more »

Jazz on a Perfect Summer Breeze

Jazz on a Perfect Summer Breeze
By RA Monaco ELMHURST – A warm nostalgia carried on a perfect summer breeze to the unqualified embrace of an audience who, from their living rooms mostly, shared the 30 years that Doc Severinsen led the NBC Orchestra on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Saturday night’s June Jazz: A Summer Extravaganza, at the Elmhurst... Read more »
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Music: A Most Uncommon Gift

 Music: A Most Uncommon Gift
By RA Monaco It was a cornet for playing music, so I thought, yet it inspired empathy, built confidence, honored fallen heroes and saved lives, including my own. It was a cornet that became a window into the minds and hearts of the indigent and their families whose disenfranchised cultures were oppressed and ignored.  It... Read more »

Poverty’s Many Pathways into Chicago's Youth Gang Violence

Poverty’s Many Pathways into Chicago's Youth Gang Violence
Chicago’s youth gun violence is being exacerbated by financial exploitation, fear, community tolerance and distrust of the police while Washington is out of touch and urgent financial help is needed. There has been an influx of gang activity and drug selling “even with the presence of all of our churches” observed Pastor Belinda Hood of... Read more »