WHAT: While many Chicago students are playing video games, monitoring Facebook and indulging in other favorite pastimes during the Chicago teachers strike, a Steinmetz College Prep senior is completing his Eagle Scout program. Brandon Steppan will present dozens of musical instruments he collected to Gottlieb Adult Day Care Center in Melrose Park and also perform a trumpet and piano concert. “Music is such a big part of my life I wanted to share it with a group in need and I can’t wait to jam with them,” said the 17-year-old, who has played trumpet since the age of 10.
“When Brandon learned that Gottlieb Adult Day Care did not have a music therapy program, he spent weeks asking neighbors, businesses and members at his church for musical instruments,” said Jill Nelson, RN, director of the Adult Day Care Center at Gottlieb. “I am so appreciative of his kind donation and his willingness to spend his free time to help us."
WHO: Brandon Steppan will perform trumpet and piano selections to senior citizens and also present 35 musical instruments he collected as part of his program to become an Eagle Scout. Brandon, a member of Scout Troop 49 at Steinmetz College Prep, will spend part of his break due to the Chicago teachers strike with area elderly.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
WHERE: Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Adult Day Center, 701 W. North Ave., Melrose Park, Ill.
MEDIA: Please call Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036
WHY: Talk to the high school senior, his father, Daniel, and younger brother, Patrick, about the importance of helping the elderly. Listen to Brandon play trumpet and piano with more than a dozen geriatric patients. Capture the senior citizens playing their new musical instruments, including tamborines, guitars, keyboards, maracas, bells, harmonicas and more.