Children and young adults of the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea flooded the new 750 square-foot “music clubhouse” Tuesday night to test out the new equipment and to play Rock Band with Celtics players Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger.
TD Bank and the Celtics Shamrock Foundation, an organization aimed at supporting programs that directly benefit children in need, funded the construction and building of the new space. The room is located within the clubhouse near the performing arts area and stage.
Michelle Perez, executive director of the Jordan Boys and Girls Club, says the goal of the music clubhouse is to “expose club members to music, teach skills, and develop self-esteem, all while developing relationships with caring adults.”
The music clubhouse aims to do this by providing lessons for club members on instruments donated by Music and Youth, an initiative that offers music education and mentoring to underserved youth to positively impact the lives of school-age children and teenagers.
Perez says that Music and Youth also donated interactive games like Rock Band, a mixing booth, and equipment that make up a digital recording studio.
The Boys and Girls Club is an after school program with a focus on fitness and recreation, character and leadership, technology, life skills, the arts, and education. Perez says the Jordan location serves 1,000 children and teenagers.
The Jordan club is part of five Boys and Girls clubs. Of the five clubs, four now have music studios. Blue Hill in Dorchester pioneered the initiative, followed by the Yawkey club in Roxbury and the Charlestown club, and of course most recently, the Jordan club. The club worked on the project for 18 months, says Perez.
On the night of its opening, club members joined an interactive band with Rondo, Celtics guard-turned RockBand drummer, and Sullinger, Celtics’ forward turned Rock Band guitarist.