Stephen Camello Music Scholarship Foundation
A great evening filled with great
performances is what folks have come to expect from the annual SCMSF
fundraiser and once again, on Thursday, April 5, 2007, all those who came
out to attend got everything they were hoping for. High spirited
performances from some of the areas best bands, local High school jazz
bands, great raffle items, tasty pizza, scholarship award presentations and
a gathering of special friends of Stephen Camello make for an annual outing
worthy of a permanent place on anyone's social calendar ... We'll see you
next year for our 5th anniversary!
Homerun Hit by SCMSF:
Ladies and Gentlemen: I am
proud to announce that last April’s (April 28, 2005)
Second Annual Stephen Camello Music Scholarship Foundation Fundraising
event at Prince Pizza in Saugus was a smash hit. Score this a huge
success on many levels. Not only were we thoroughly entertained by this
year’s multi-genre offerings of musical talent, but we also raised a
significant amount of funds to bolster our Scholarship Program.
Michelle Koolian, daughter
of SCMSF committee member and resident drummer Duane Koolian, kicked off
the night with some righteous renditions on solo flute. We also were
proud to have a friend of the Foundation, Greg Gallo, join us on stage
and to hear his outstanding acoustic guitar work.
This year we have expanded
the school eligibility for our scholarship award to include the Lynn
Public schools with Saugus. Lynn responded by sending both their Sax
Quartet and Flute Ensemble to perform. Saugus High once again sent their
great Jazz Band. All these students played extremely well in front of a
very receptive crowd. It was a super experience for the kids, the
audience and all the members of SCMSF. This is the reason we all want to
support music as art for the area’s young people.
Last years SCMSF scholarship
recipient Jonathan Smith was on hand to sit in with Brian Maes, Tim
Archibald and Tim’s young son on trumpet. Way to go! We were treated
to some great tunes from a real up and coming group of teenagers from
Lynnfield, The Mystery Tramps. These kids were smokin’! Look for big
things to happen for them in the future.
Once again, the Foundation
members brought out their respective groups, Razen Kayne, The
Distractions, Hard Drive and The Brian Maes Band to rock the house. At
various points, the groups mixed in Marybeth Maes, Jamie Maes, Dennis
Tully, Kenny Martin and celebrity rocker Barry Gaudreau to thrill
everyone in the room. Shire also magically reappeared to channel the
memory of Stephen and share their special musical flavor.
night ended on a high note with an ensemble cast on stage jammin’ to
“I got the Music in Me”. A great time was had by all and it could
not have happened without the help of Committee Member Ted Bilias and
his brother Chris handling the board, “the raffle girls” Rosie,
Janice and Nina, our door guys Mark Dougan and Tim Barry. A big thank
you to everyone involved.
very special happened at the Blue Note Lounge in Lynn on
Thursday night, October 21, 2004.
certainly a night to remember for those who were in attendance
and one not to be missed again for those who weren't.
While still riding high on the overwhelming success of it's
first event on April 8th 2004, the
members of the foundation were really looking forward to
giving something back to the musical community by holding a
more informal open mic kind of event.
The hopes were to
allow a greater number of folks who wanted to offer their
talents in Stephen's behalf while still possibly raising some
funds for the foundation. Not only did many of the North
shore's most talented musicians come gladly to our event, but
they also made generous donations and were content to perform
or simply offer support to those who did.
All of the members
of the foundation helped out in many ways proving, once again,
to be a great team. Peter did an excellent job as
master of ceremonies as well as leader of the house band which
featured outstanding work by Billy Carr on drums and Vin Scag
on Guitar. Thanks to Rosie, our raffle was a big success
again. Thanks to Duane for working the door for us. "Razen
Kayne" was definitely a high point in the evening again as
the crowd was treated by Danielle Burnett to the most amazing
Pat Benetar tribute that anyone could ask for. Diane
Taylor, the lady who sang with Peter's band definitely had the
music in her. If she kept it up any longer, our Director
was gonna jump up and busta move...It's probably better for
the foundation he stayed put though.
Jammin' with, his old pal and long time rival keyboard player,
Chris Billias, was a blast for Brian Maes since he always
wanted to do that. Joe Mack and Carl Dixon made for a
good six string showdown as well. As always, getting our
old pal and friend of the foundation Dennis Tully to belt out
a tune was great fun. Guy DiStasio (the organ guy),
Jamie Maes showing up and joining in, "Night Flight",
Cool Beatle's arrangements by "Hard Drive", "Jim and
Roze" (fiddlin' and
diddlin'), "The Kevin Kennedy Project", Watching Artie,
Duane, Kevin, Uncle Mike and Brian sharing the same space with
all the same intentions in their hearts made for a very
The members of the
foundation were very proud, once again to be involved with,
not only each other but also, all those who came to help.
We are sure that we have forgotten to mention someone (oh
wait...Eddie and the Cruisers were definitely there right?)
so, to those, we apologize (way to go George!). Also a
BIG THANK YOU! to our very own Ted for doing such a great job
with the sound. As always, thanks for your support and we hope
to see you all again at our next event.
Stephen Camello Music
Box 538, Lynn,