For those of you have not had the pleasure of knowing my friend, David Leighton Marzetti, he was the former, and extremely talented, drummer of Sleep Control (now known as Young Cardinals) and an all around incredible person. Dave was the kind of friend that I hope everyone gets the opportunity to have at some point in their life. For those of you who have had the opportunity to know Dave- you know that there just aren’t many people in this world with his heart, spirit and talent. In his memory, the David L. Marzetti Memorial Music Trust was created.

The David L. Marzetti Memorial Music Trust is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide musical instruments and lessons to children who would not otherwise be able to have them. The foundation is an annual sponsor of Raleigh’s Community Music School percussion program. Since 1994, Community Music School has provided high quality, professional music education to Wake County, NC children from economically disadvantaged situations. CMS provides weekly, private music instruction to students for just $1 a lesson. Research tells us that children who study music do better in school and in life, and students indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school. The skills gained through music instruction, including self-discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workplace. In lieu of traditional birthday celebrations this year, I will be hosting a fundraising event at Spy Raleigh on Sunday, November 11th beginning at 2:00pm. There will be FREE food, booze, silent auction, raffle prizes and wonderful music from some of Raleigh’s most talented artists.

Spy will be donating 15% of all bar sales during the event directly back to the DLM Music Trust… so drink up! There is a suggested $10 donation at the door of which 100% will be donated.

You may make a donation or purchase tickets online at:
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Please come out, spread the word, and bring friends!
If you have something that you would like to contribute to the event or silent auction – please send all inquiries to:

*Special thanks to our sponsors and contributors:

The David L Marzetti Memorial Percussion Ensemble performs at Community Music School of Raleigh’s Spring 2012 Recital 5/11/12. Members include Gabrielle Jones, Doug Watson, Ava Lockamy, & Ku Gay.

Dave’s Drums getting a workout at Community Music School of Raleigh.

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Partners & Sponsors

CMS enjoys enthusiastic community support for its mission from many supporters of the arts. We receive public funding through the Raleigh Arts Commission, United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County with funds from the United Arts campaign, and North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The following community organizations, foundations, and businesses generously help us ensure that Wake County children have access to quality music and arts education programs, regardless of their economic backgrounds.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals or businesses to help support our programs, including:

  • Student Recitals
  • Concerts
  • The Berklee City Music Network Online Laboratory
  • Classrooms
  • Guest Artists
  • Fundraising Events 

Community Music School provides various levels of recognition for our sponsors depending upon the level of support.

Interview: Dua Boakye, Bad Rabbits

Posted on October 26, 2011 in interviews

Pass the Punk recently got an exclusive interview with Dua Boakye of Bad Rabbits, an R&B/Soul/Pop group from Boston, Massachusetts who are currently on the ‘Sgt. Schlepper’s  Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour’ with Travie McCoy, the Black Cards, Donnis and XV.

Pass the Punk: So, I don’t think our followers have heard of your band yet, so if you could describe your sound in a few words, what would they be?
Dua Boakye: I can describe it in a couple words. Insane, funk, dance music, with a twist of R&B, indie, and punk.
PTP: I can definitely attest to that. I wanna say that you guys have one of the most energetic shows that I’ve seen. It doesn’t compare to many people at all. So, if you could say what you try to do with your music?
DB: We try to, I mean, the whole point is to get people from standing and to get them moving like us. ‘cause the more they move, the more we move. I can not stand to see one person just staring, just looking, I want to have them moving or dancing, and it feels like I’m doing my job right then. I think that’s the same way with the band, we want to make sure that everybody is having fun. The main objective is to have fun, and dance our ass off, and maybe get laid afterwards.
PTP: [laughs] Okay, and, two more questions.
DB: Alright. No more questions. [joking] Okay, go ahead.
PTP: If you could cite one band our song that just always gets you, in any way, it gets you dancing, it gets you up, it gets you emotional.
DB: Right now I’ve been listening to Pharoahe Monch, he’s a hip-hop artist, his brand new album ‘We Are Renegades’ just came out. I was listening to Lupe Fiasco before that because I wanted that type of album that kind of like, you know, motivates you. It kind of was a disappointment, then Pharoahe Monch came out. I love Lupe, don’t get it twisted. I know what he went through to make that album. I love that album. But Pharoahe Monch right now is what I’ve been playing, and that gets me up and it keeps me moving. ‘We Are Renegades’ is a dope album, it just makes me feel good, so that’s what I listen to now.
PTP: Okay. So, final question, do you have a charity that means something to you that we can promote on our site?
Graham Masser (guitarist): I don’t know exactly what the name is, but if you look up ‘David Leighton Marzetti’ you’ll find it.
DB: He’s a good friend of ours who passed away. He knew us from the beginning of when we started as a band, and he saw our success, and now he’s watching it from paradise.
GM: The foundation gives money to underprivileged children, gives them an opportunity to get instruments, take lessons. So it’s just like spreading the music.
DB: Because, I mean, right now music and art is not valued in this society, so we’re trying to get that more prevalent. If it wasn’t for music and art in the society that I grew up in, I would probably not be around right now.
PTP: Well, we’ll definitely link to that. And, thank you for your time. Have a good day!
Bad Rabbits were great to give us a little bit of their time, so please follow them @badrabbitsband on twitter. The charity they spoke of is a fantastic one, and Pass the Punk has found the link, so just go here: to learn more about the charity, see what they’ve been doing in the community, and to make a donation yourself.