Benefit concert for Hampton boy and uke club

| 26 Sep 2017 | 12:37

— On October 7 at 10 am, Sing A Song NJ, Music Together of Sparta & Hampton and Bumble Song Music Together of Vernon and Warwick, will host a concert for young children (birth–age 8) and their families.
The concert will feature Sing A Song NJ and Bumble Song Music Together staff and teachers singing favorite Music Together songs, and a special guest appearance by recording artist Gerry Dignan. “Uncle” Gerry is featured on the CDs given to the thousands of families worldwide who take Music Together classes.
“We are honored to welcome Gerry to Sparta to sing and dance with us”, says Heather Donnelly, Owner of Sing A Song NJ. “All of our families are very excited to hear Uncle Gerry’s familiar voice.”
Concert proceeds will benefit both the Ukulele Kids Club, which donates Ukulele’s and free lessons to sick children in hospitals, and to Hampton’s own 11 year old Jack Jactino who is battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML) since April.
“We hope many local families will come out and enjoy a fun morning of music with their children, all to benefit two wonderful causes,” says Nicole DeLoi, owner of Bumblesong Music Together.
As reported in the Sparta Independent and the Township Journal in August, Jack Jacinto is undergoing chemotherapy at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
In addition to recording for Music Together, featured concert performer Gerry Dignan has worked and recorded with Grammy-nominated cellist, David Darling, and has contributed to the work of Music for People organization (David Darling, co-founder), an organization dedicated to self-expression through improvisational music. Gerry was also a seven-year member of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Chorus and traveled with the chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Concerthalle in Berlin, Germany, as well as in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
“We have been working on a collaboration to get “Uncle Gerry” here for a few years,” adds Donnelly. “ It’s going to be an unforgettable hour for sure.”
Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement curriculum for children between birth and grade two and the adults who love them. Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
The concert will take place on October 7th at 10am at the First Presbyterian Church, 32 main Street Sparta. Tickets are $10 a person, and children under 9 months are free. To purchase tickets, visit:, or call 973-400-8719. Seats are limited.
Music Together classes are held in more than 2,500 communities around the world. Classes are offered in Sparta and Hampton by Sing A Song Nj or In Vernon and Warwick by Bumblesong Music Together .