Hispanic Heritage Council relaunches music program for teenagers


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — All month lengthy the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. is celebrating with occasions and so a lot of these are centered round music. As a part of celebrations this month, the council is relaunching a free program only for youngsters.

“Salsa, Meringue, Bachata, Cumbia, Mambo you identify it. All of those genres categorical one thing. That’s what we wish to present the neighborhood,” mentioned Esmeralda Sierra, President, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc.

Whether or not it’s taking part in from a automotive speaker driving down Niagara road or from contained in the Isaias Gonzalez Soto library, you may’t separate music from Hispanic communities.

“It accompanies us in each a part of our life, we don’t perceive life with out music,” mentioned Ricardo Saeb, Chair of the Council’s Guitar Initiative.

Saeb has been taking part in music since he was a young person in Mexico. When he moved to buffalo three years in the past, his purpose was to offer again.

“I all the time wished to do one thing for kids to make it accessible for them to have music of their lives and that’s what the guitar initiative is about,” mentioned Saeb.

Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc.

Ricardo Saeb desires to show youngsters play music with this free program

The Guitar Initiative is the Hispanic Heritage Council’s free program for teenagers that began in 2019, however was rapidly halted by the pandemic. They moved on-line, however couldn’t come collectively or host live shows.

Now it’s relaunching in individual subsequent week—with two completely different lessons. One the place college students be taught the fundamentals and one other the place college students construct their devices.

“Actual musical devices that they will play out of recycled supplies. Guitars, banjos, flutes, all types of devices,” mentioned Saeb.

Saeb will teach kids how to build and play their own instruments

Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc.

Saeb will train youngsters construct and play their very own devices

The purpose is to convey music into youngsters’ lives as a method to assist their studying and their psychological well being.

They supply all the supplies, together with guitars for the lessons and it’s all free. That first yr they’d 11 youngsters making music collectively, for this yr’s relaunch they need it to be even greater.

“Although we’re launching this initiative by way of the Hispanic Heritage Council, that is for everyone in WNY we would like all people to make the most of this,” mentioned Saeb.

This program is among the first that can happen within the Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute when that is open in 2024.

Lessons are Monday and Wednesdays for teenagers ages 12-14 at Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Library on the nook of Niagara and Porter Streets.

The constructing music program is on Thursdays for teenagers ages 10-12 from 4-6pm.

To register for lessons, e mail [email protected]

This is the listing of Hispanic Heritage Occasions left for the month:

  • Friday, Sept. 24
    • A Dialog with Buffalo’s Latinx Neighborhood
      • UB North Campus Scholar Union Theater
      • 12:00pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 25
    • BPO Quartet Neighborhood Days
      • Frank A. Sedita Academy 10:30am
      • Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy 11:30am
    • Hispanic Heritage at Roycroft Campus
      • 31 S. Grove St. East Aurora
      • 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29 & Oct. sixth
    • Kaleida Well being Hispanic Heritage occasions
    • BGMC, 11:00am
    • Suburban, 12:00pm
    • Oishei, 2:00pm
  • Friday, October 1
    • People Artwork Fridays
      • 130 Important St., Buffalo, 10:00am
    • Amherst Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
      • Amherst Audubon Senior Heart, 6:00pm
  • Saturday, October 2
    • Liga de Mujeres Hispanas Scholarship & Neighborhood Awards Brunch Celebration
      • 2192 Niagara St, Buffalo, 10:00am
    • Documentary: The Borinqueneers U.S. Military sixty fifth Infantry Regiment
      • Buffalo Erie County Naval and Army Park, Hangar Constructing, 2:30pm
  • Saturday, October 9
    • HHC Neighborhood Engagement Day
      • HHCI Web site, Nook of Niagara and Hudson Streets, 1:00pm
    • Inventive Nature Stroll
      • Tifft Nature Protect, 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 12
    • Hispanic Heritage Month Live performance
      • Kleinhans Mary Seaton Room, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 13
    • Conversations in Science: Latinx Lead Environmental Justice





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