SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Since its inception, BandWith has addressed the need for access to music and creativity in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Annie Palomino launched BandWith when the band program was dropped from LEARN Campbell Charter School due to budget cuts. Starting a nonprofit allowed Annie to continue providing free access to music instruction to students at the LEARN Campbell Campus while increasing reach to new students.
Music In The Key of Chicago
You heard us right! In support of Chicago's diverse and legendary music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and BandWith Chicago teamed up to bring the local music scene to Lollapalooza. BandWith students opened Music in the Key of Chicago with 10 mins of pure excitement and joy from our Hope Jr. Drumline and WestDance team, followed by specially curated performances by Chicago-area artists and talent. We were so honored for this opportunity to help represent our beautiful city.
PROVIDING PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION
BandWith’s free programs are located in East Garfield Park. They include our longest standing program, the Titan Band, within LEARN Charter School, and our after-school program at Marillac St. Vincent's Youth Center, Hope Jr. Our after-school performing arts program consists of All-Star Band, Drumline, WestDance, and Studio Engineering.
The Titan Band offers quality instrumental music instruction and ensemble play to students. We believe in the importance of giving children a venue to share their talents with both their immediate community as well as the community at large. As with each of our sites, we participate in regular assemblies and celebrations. Currently 38 students are in the Titan Band.