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Byron’s Blog: “A Concert to End Homelessness”

17 January 2014 2 Comments

Byron StriplingI’ve always felt a certain connection to the homeless. As I pass them in the street, I always see a piece of myself, a little bit of me inside of them. For too long I have ignored this uneasy feeling in my stomach. That thought or feeling that says, “…if I just look away the problem will go away.” I figured if I ignored them, I wouldn’t have to deal with it. If “they” would just clean up the streets, brush this problem underneath the covers, all would be well with the world.

“They” turned out to be me…turned out to be us. So tonight and tomorrow the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will use its incredible, musical gifts to uplift humanity. We will give an entertaining, inspiring concert bursting with pop, jazz, rock and blues that will demonstrate the power of music to change the world. I simply need you to come on down to the Capitol Theatre – Riffe Center with a tube of toothpaste, deodorant or any other essential personal care item and join us for this concert, knowing that proceeds will go to the Community Shelter Board.

Trumpetblowingly Yours,
Byron Stripling

Byron Stripling

“A Concert to End Homelessness”

Concert Sponsors: Grange Insurance, The Columbus Foundation
Human Services Partner: Community Shelter Board

January 17 – 18, 2014

Friday – Saturday, 8:00 p.m.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Capitol Theatre – Riffe Center

Show Description:

The CJO presents a concert to end homelessness in Columbus!

Partnering with the Community Shelter Board, this unforgettable, inspiring evening of big band jazz, song, and dance will raise awareness and funds for the homeless in central Ohio.



  • Michael Egleton said:

    Ohio is rich in musical talent. Many of your stars today are from right here in Ohio. There are pockets in Ohio that are just overflowing with talented artists and musicians hungry to get out and be noticed. Congrats on the concert and know it will do a great good where it’s needed!

    M. E

  • John Finney said:

    Mr. Stripling,

    First, I would like to say how deeply moving the concert was on Saturday night. My wife is Diana Finney and she works for Grange Insurance. She also helps with their United Way program. I’m proud that she works there and the things they do to help Columbus.

    Anyway, I spoke to you briefly after the show to ask if there might be a video of the monologues that will be posted online. I have 150 high school kids that need to see what the actors did on stage. I teach sociology and psychology at Fairbanks High School near Marysville. I also teach freshmen history courses. The subject of homelessness is a topic of discussion in my classes and I would love for the kids at school to see what I saw tonight. I always push the idea that our youth will change this world. The idea that music is a social force for change is a theme all year. As a matter of fact, I was teaching about Swing music this past week and how bands like yours helped us in WWII. I really appreciate the effort you are making to make the world a better place through music and your desire to help end homelessness.

    Please let me know if you will post the video on your website. I look forward to seeing the Columbus Jazz Orchestra again soon.

    John Finney