Examiner: January 28, 2012
As Saturday, March 17, 2012 rapidly approaches, both band members and fans of the group, Ayre Rayde, are counting the days until the most anticipated reunion of the year will take place. Donald “Doc” Spencer, co-founder of the group along with his brother Daryl Spencer, promises that this will be like no other reunion that the DMV has seen. This reunion, which will be taking place at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has a purpose.
Spencer explains, “Our reunion was actually supposed to have taken place last year before the passing of my brother, Daryl M. Spencer, who was the manager of Ayre Rayde. He passed away on July 2, 2011 and the original members of Ayre Rayde decided to do the reunion in the memory of our manager, brother and friend on October 22, 2011. One of the former members of the group, Derrick “China Boogie” Davis suggested to the members of the group that it would also be an honor to the memory of Daryl, to utilize the reunion as a Benefit to assist kids that need musical instruments in the school as a way of furthering their education and opportunities upon graduation.”
The band members agreed to Davis’ suggestion and the group put the reunion on hold once more. In the interim, Davis had been elected to replace Leslie Johnson as Councilman of Prince Georges County, Maryland’s District 6. Davis introduced Spencer to Toni Lewis, the founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME), a 501 ( c) (3), a non-profit organization whose mission, according to their website, www.fameorg.org, is to provide access to all genres of art to students in urban neighborhoods, who are often disproportionately affected by their social and economic backgrounds. FAME has also been dedicated to providing monetary scholarships to students to further their education in the arts whether it is for vocal or visual arts, dance, or theatre. Read More
(Maryland) – At its March 26, 2011 annual meeting, the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME) approved the election of eight new members to its governing body. The new members, with a wide range of backgrounds in education, business, law and philanthropy, will use their expertise to advance the mission of FAME. The new members are:
“We are fortunate to have eight new board members join our growing organization who truly care about the education and future of all youth” said A. Toni Lewis, Founder of FAME. “With their expertise, enthusiasm, and compassion we expect to have an even greater impact on our youth and the communities we serve by educating, inspiring and advocating for excellence.”
About The Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME) FAME is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organized in 2004 to advance the value of music, music making and educational study and to create opportunities for youth to experience the joys of music and provide them gifts that last a lifetime. FAME provides quality and diverse music-making opportunities and is a strong advocate for music and education integrity. It targets young people living in areas of social and economic need that might otherwise lack opportunity, and predominantly supports activities held outside school hours. We partner with other nonprofits, educational institutions and other entities for specific projects of particular significance/ relevance to FAME’s mission.
FAME provides support through the provision of grants, scholarships, tutoring and workshops for students, teachers, scholars and specialists in the areas of music, performing and visual arts and education in general. This support allows students to prepare for, and attend, colleges and universities to advance their education in the 21st Century.
For more information, please call 301-805-5358 or visit www.FAMEorg.org.
Feb 26, 2007
CELEBRATED JAZZ BAND, PIECES OF A DREAM, PERFORMS TO SUPPORT YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE Proceeds To Benefit The Foundation For The Advancement Of Music And Education (FAME)
The internationally seasoned jazz band, Pieces of a Dream, will grace the stage of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland, College Park, MD) on Saturday, April 7 at 7 pm. Pieces of a Dream, a group that formed in Philadelphia 30 years ago, will display its wide range of musical genres of jazz, R&B, and funk. Led by keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon, the group recently released their latest album “Pillow Talk.” Everyone is invited to attend this special concert performance in which proceeds raised will benefit The Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME). Tickets prices for the general public are $35 and $45; students pay $20 for all seats.
FAME, a nonprofit, was conceptualized to ensure the financial solidarity for student achievers who have limited access to programs that will foster their musical and educational maturity. FAME’s mission is to positively affect the lives of children, teens, and young adults who aspire to make both music and educational achievement a lifelong journey.
In addition to exposing the community at large to a wide variety of artistic and cultural offerings, FAME strives to alleviate the financial burdens that many young people face today. This concert will serve as one mode to help realize FAME’s scholarship objectives.
The Richard Payne Trio, also locally and internationally revered, will make a special guest appearance at this fundraising concert. A special presentation will be made by figurative artist Ralph Irby. Senator Douglas J. J. Peters and Council Member Samuel H. Dean serve as co-chairs for this event.
This special fundraising event is sponsored by The Gazette–The Star, The Perfect Plan of Greater Washington, and Maryland National Capital Park & Planning.
To obtain press credentials and/or interviews, contact Shayna Bayard or Barbara Blair at 301-805-5358. For more information about FAME, visit the FAME website at www.FAMEorg.org
(WASHINGTON) – The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc (FAME) today announced its 2008-2009 concert season to promote its mission to support music and education programs throughout the Washington, DC area.
FAME, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to positively affect the lives of children, teens, and young adults who aspire to make both music and educational achievement a lifelong journey was founded by A. Toni Lewis, a Washington area event producer.
The 2008-2009 FAME schedule is as follows:
Music at the Mansion Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:30 PM at Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville MD Special Guest, national recording artist Richard Payne Trio and performances by FAME supported dance & music organizations Divine Dance Institute, DC Boys Choir and the Mitchellville Community School of the Arts. Roy Jefferson, former Washington Redskin #80, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Bridging the Musical Spectrum Saturday, May 16, 2009, 7PM at Clarice Smith Concert Hall ? University of Maryland FAME Benefit Concert & Fundraiser. George Strait, former ABC News Correspondent will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
FAME’s 5th Anniversary — Fashion show and Scholarship Awards Program Saturday, October 10, 2009, 7PM at Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland Featuring Washington DC native Ms. Shayla Simpson, Fashion Expert and Former Ebony Fashion Fair Commentator
Tickets for the events are available through the foundation web site: www.FAMEorg.org or 301-805-5358.
FAME sponsors include The Gazette, The Star, The Washington Informer, the Washington Redskins, the Maryland National Capital Planning and Park Commission, the Prince George’s County Council, The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and The Perfect Plan of Greater Washington. For more information about how to sponsor a FAME event call (301) 805-5358 or visitwww.FAMEorg.org.