A dedicated group of member musicians, the Preservation Hall Band is available for festivals, concerts, events, celebrations, tributes and more.
Instruments for Children Program was established 2006 to bring music into the lives of school children. The program started as a way to keep the African American legacy and tradition of R&B alive for the next generation of aspiring musicians. Musical instruments were made available to students who were not able to afford them.
Launched in 2006 in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Oral History Project was developed to capture the recollections of the life and times during the roots of R&B music in RI from 1943 - 1970. The small combo R&B music art form emanated from the African American blues heritage near the end of WWII and is probably the most significant African American cultural contribution to the local way of life.
Studies show that playing a musical instrument helps children to succeed in their academics. For many children having a musical instrument to call their own is a financial hurdle that they cannot overcome. The program started as a way to support musical training for students who may not otherwise be able to afford to participate and to keep the African American legacy and tradition of R&B alive for the next generation of aspiring musicians.
City of Providence, Elementary and Middle Schools
Manville, Elementary & MIddle Schools
Warwick High School
West Warwick, MIddle School Woonsocket Middle School
Tom Colantonio, Program Director has been instrumental in program promotion and expansion by use of press contacts and local venues. Students use the instruments in concerts and for individual study.
Over the years RIRBPS has made musical instruments available to students in many Rhode Island School Districts. Guitars, basses, keyboards, trombones, trumpets, flutes, saxophones, clarinets, drums, violins and woodwind instruments have been provided.
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA), Providence
Music Mansion, Providence Riverside Family Center After School Program, Riverside
Donated instruments are evaluated, refurbished and/or repaired by local music shops. Instruments are acquired through private donors, musicians, local thrift sales and anonymous donations.
Musical Instruments can be donated by contacting RIRBPS. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of applicable laws.
Pawtucket Urban Music Project
Rhode Island Philharmonic, Capital City Bands, Pawtucket
The Autism Project, Johnston
Community String Project, Bristol Community String Project, Newport
Your membership or contribution will enable us
to fund our mission and continue our programming.