The fourth holiday CD by the Plummer Home For Boys in Salem is a mash-up of classic Christmas carols, original songs, and a poem written and performed by a dozen teenage musicians who live at the group home on Salem Harbor, or who take part in OnPoint, an outreach program for at-risk youth.
Pictured: Richard Pingree (right) and Levaughn Fussell play in a music session at the Plummer Home for Boys. Next
"A lot of them are quiet, and they don't like to be put on the spot," said Aaron Z. Katz, the music director at the home. "But when you put an instrument in their hand, you lead them in a very gentle way toward finding themselves."
Pictured (left to right): Levaughn Fussell, Jaren Bristol, Aaron Z. Katz, Richard Pingree, Romare Jenkins, and Carlos Trinidad at a music session at the Plummer Home for Boys. Next
Copies of the CD were sent to more than 1,500 donors who support the home. It is also for sale for $5 in coffee shops around Salem.
Pictured: Carlos Trinidad (left) and music director Aaron Z. Katz at a music session at the Plummer Home for Boys. Next
"The kids have a lot of trauma in their lives," said Katz, who founded the music program in 2007. "But, if you give them a pair of earplugs and let them just rage on the drums, they have a way to deal with the energy they're feeling in a positive way."
Pictured: Romare Jenkins plays the guitar suring a music session at the Plummer Home for Boys. Next
Pictured: Jaren Bristol plays the drums during a music session at the Plummer Home for Boys. Back to the beginning
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