Let’s Band Together: Gabriel’s Community Project

Band Together was founded in 2010 by Gabriel Cuevas, a high school student with a passion for music and for change. As part of his school community program, Gabriel is working on this project with the help of his family, his teachers, the school project advisor and MTMD.

Alexandra Tamara, founder of Pintando Caminos, loved the idea of Band Together and encouraged Gabriel to get used instruments for the kids at Pintando Caminos. The first electric guitar was taken by Gabriel’s father, Hugo Cuevas-Mohr to Bogota in 2010. In the Summer of 2011 Gabriel spent two weeks in Colombia with his mother and they took a number of donated instruments that they shared with the kids at Pintando. See the 2011 photos here

During the school year 2011-2012 Gabriel collected more instruments (keyboards, guitars, flutes) and art supplies (crayons, paints, coloring materials, etc.). In the summer of 2012 Gabriel and his mother flew to Bogotá, Colombia to distribute all the donations received. Thanks to the generosity of PAQ EXPRESS, who donated the shipment of 5 big boxes full of instruments and art supplies, 100 pounds of donations were sent to Pintando Caminos days before Gabriels arrival in Bogota. That summer Gabriel spent another two weeks in Colombia and this time an art & music workshop was put together with the help of friends & family. See the 2012 photos here

Now that more instruments and art supplies are collected, the next step is to raise funds to hire a music teacher and an art teacher! What good is to have the instruments and the art supplies without a teacher that can work with the kids, discover heading talents and, who knows, probably teach them skills that can help them later on in looking for a better education past high school and give them a desire to follow a career.

Please contact us first to send any used instruments to Band Together or contribute with art supplies. If you want to make a small donation to Band Together and MTMD to be able to afford a music and an art teacher at Pintando Caminos go to our DONATIONS page now. You can contact us for more information. Please visit the facebook page of Band Together and like the page!