The Hudson Pride Foundation held it's very first ever Musical Workshop on Saturday, February 22nd at the Hudson Opera House. Friend of HPF and local Hudson resident, and musician,Tommy Stinson led the group of over 35 participants. Most were young kids with their parents, but there were a few high school aged teens in a the group as well.
The message was simple; "Be you for you, and no one else", said Stinson. The second message was simple too - play music and have fun! The theme of the event was centered around bullying. Stinson told the crowd about being bullied as a kid himself and reminded them to always speak-up if someone is bullying them and to never stop believing in themselves and never try to be someone you are not. "Be you for you".
Peter Tenerowicz with Operation Unite graciously provided the group with percussion instruments and led the group in several impromptu rhythmic collaborations. "Kids start off not wanted to play because they are afraid someone will make fun of them. Then they start to play and realize that is not happening", explained Peter. "From there they gain confidence in expressing themselves through music and that confidence starts to permeate other aspects of their lives."
Music really is the great equalizer.
It was a really fun day!