History of how the band came to be - It all began with a dream: Hi, my name is Dylan Kuehl, I have Down syndrome and I am the lead drummer in The Jackson Memory Band. When I was three I was given my first drum set. After years of practice and instruction, I now sit behind a full-size drum set and prove that Down syndrome rocks and that life with Down syndrome is not the obstacle it is often perceived to be. My Mom, Terri Rose, taught me early in life not to be afraid to reach for my dreams and celebrate my abilities. Because of her support, I grew up and became a dreamer, or some would say, a visionary. I began building "Yes" teams and surrounding myself with special people who believe in me. One of the special people is Mark O'Brien. He is the owner and lead instructor of Rhythm Fire of Music and Performance, Lacey WA. Mark took me under his wing and at every lesson I would bring up my dream, that it was my responsibility to carry on the legacy of Michael Jackson and continue what he started. I was relentless and one day he finally joined by yes team and said, "Let's do it!" From that moment on we began building the Michael Jackson Memory Band. I knew it had to be a special group of people that believed in the mission, but also had talent to perform the challenging music of Michael Jackson. Everyone in The Jackson Memory Band is united by music and disability disappears. Our band will perform the great music of Michael Jackson and also bring positive public awareness of inclusion for people with disabilities. Our tour will begin June 26,2013 and we plan to perform in Washington, California, the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.
The Jackson Memory Band - Living Dream - Heal the World Music Tour 2013 is unique beyond having a talented drummer with Down Syndrome. His personal mission and that of the band is to continue the legacy and play the music of Michael Jackson, heal the world with music and dance, advocate and bring positive awareness to the ABILITIES and inclusion of people with disabilities.
The band's goal is to serve as a voice for all people with disabilities who want an opportunity to feel included, inspire creativity and encourage others to reach for their dreams and celebrates their abilities. The Band will show by example the many healing benefits of playing music together. We have contacted Down Syndrome, other disability organization, and local Chamber Commerce to help promote our tour throughout the United States and the South Pacific Islands. They have expressed enthusiasm about our project and look forward to witnessing a successful and healthy way to bring people and music together.
We are making every effort through fundraising and local performances to support our tour. With your help you can join our yes team, and bring awareness to disabilities and encourage others to reach for their dreams.
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