The mission of GroMusic is to create a fellowship in which people of all backgrounds are able to gather together in an enriching environment and share their love of music through education, discussion, and community out-reach, encouraging both personal and interpersonal growth.
Dom and Dave have been good friends since 1999, and have been involved in music nearly their whole lives. Having developed their friendship through musical theater in high school, they ventured off together to start a handful of rock bands. It was in this time that Dave and Dom realized that most people can’t dedicate themselves to playing music that often. While Dom and Dave still wanted to play, they didn’t want to continue forming bands with people who couldn’t come to practice.
While the two of them were jamming in Dom’s garage one evening, an idea occurred to them:
“Let’s put out an ad online and invite people to an improv jam once a week. This way, we get to keep playing and sharing music with other people, and people don’t have to worry about the commitments surrounding a band!”
They posted the ad and hosted the first all-inclusive jam session at a local rehearsal studio in a small room on June 11, 2009. They packed two cars with everything they thought they might need to make it a great experience, and hosted their first Jam.
Since then, the jam sessions have grown. Some nights, it’s a calm 5 to 10 musicians, other nights they are hosting over 25 people. In addition, Dom and Dave have had the pleasure of hosting live events at local pubs, city fundraising events, local food bands, and have held small acoustic jams at the beach.
Musicians who were once strangers to each other now had a place where they could meet other like-minded individuals and do what they loved to do most: discuss, create, and play music with others. A fellowship had formed, and more people were becoming dedicated to remaining a part of it.
Seeing how much playing with a group helped the regular jam attendees, and recognizing how sparse opportunities to learn the arts were, Thursday Throwdowns changed their name to GroMusic in 2014. Newly fueled with the idea to create a music education exposure program which would be free for the youth of the community to attend, a project which is actively in the works, the path towards a non-profit status began.
Once a month, GroMusic plans to host seminars and workshops as part of a 12-month music education series, which will expose participants to a variety of facets surrounding the world of music. Topics will include, but are not limited to, music theory, a focus on individual instruments, audio engineering and recording, and songwriting. Students who participate in these seminars will also become eligible for the GroMusic scholarship program, which is aimed at enhancing and extending their education in music. GroMusic will work with local music shops to help provide discounts on musical instruments and gear, as well as with music teachers to provide low-cost music instruction.
GroMusic will also extend their effort to provide networking opportunities for local musicians and those who participate in the music education series, continuing to provide creative outlets for musicians, a forum for discussion, and an opportunity to learn from others. Local music groups are encouraged to join our community online and share their events in our forums or on our event calendar for others to easily find. Teachers are encouraged to advertise their businesses on our forums, allowing students the ability to reach out and find the exact help they need.
GroMusic will continue their focus on being an open and safe space for musicians of any and all backgrounds and ages to come and play with a group of like minded individuals by regularly hosting their bi-monthly jam sessions. Musicians at any level are welcome and encouraged to come in and learn, listen, or play whatever music suits them. Jams are always free.