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Buffalo Music Hall of Fame releases song to fund Educational Scholarship Program

Posted at 10:53 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 10:53:22-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President Anthony Casuccio posted an idea to collaborate with other musicians on Facebook, and it evolved into a virtual creation of artists coming together to raise funds for The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Student Scholarship program.

The song In This Together, will be released as a donation-based download, with proceeds funding the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Scholarship program.

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame provides support for the scholarships, which are awarded to students in grade 12.

The financial awards provide support for musical endeavors including college, summer music camps, lessons, instruments, sheet music, and other related expenses.

In addition, winners have been invited to perform at various functions throughout the years.

"I posted a simple idea asking for collaboration, the drum beat and chords, and a random group of all-star musicians responded," said Casuccio. "Each player recorded the individual parts in their homes that helped bring this song to life, while I wrote the lyrics and added the guitar. In an era when musicians like to play live or huddle together in a recording studio, we were able to create that chemistry remotely."

The Collaborators:

Drums - Gino Mirizio - international drummer/percussionist based in Toronto.

Bass - Nate Kalnitz – 2016 recipient of the BMHOF Scholarship.

Organ - Matt Young - BMHOF inductee 1993, mainstay in the Western New York music scene.

Vocals - Zuri Appleby - professional bassist, model and educator, toured with Nick Jonas, NoMbe, PARTYNEXTSTORE and Brent Faiyaz, was slated to go on tour with Lizzo this summer before the tour was canceled.

Piano - Bob Kinkle - BMHOF inductee 2007, engineer and producer in NYC and one of the founding members of the Trans Siberia Orchestra.

Songwriter/guitar/producer - Anthony Casuccio - 25 year music veteran, his audio production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards.