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September 18, 2012

Playing for Change Day this Saturday


On Saturday, September 22 at Cowley College, you can change the lives of children around the world …with just $5. That’s the asked-for donation for all day admission to Playing for Change Day at Cowley College, hosted by Temporal Mechanics Union, the percussion ensemble resident at the college since 2002.

This all-day marathon concert will raise donations for the Playing for Change Foundation. Established in 2007, the Playing For Change Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. To date, 8 music schools and programs have been created in South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, and Nepal. 600 children participate in regular music instruction, and the organization has plans to expand into more communities in America and other countries as funds allow.

Any donation will be gladly accepted, but $1 is requested per band, or $5 for all-day, come & go admission to the concert.

Chris Mayer, instructor in the Social Science Department and musical director of Temporal Mechanics Union, is the organizer of the event.

“Of course, I hope we raise a lot of money,” Mayer said. “But it is amazing what can be done with a relatively little bit of cash.”

According to the Playing for Change Day web site, $5 makes it possible for a child to participate in a music program for a week in Nepal. $50 will buy cement to lay the foundation of a music school. $100 will pay a music teacher’s salary for a week in South Africa.

“The Cowley community can change the lives of children, and by extension their communities around the world with just a few dollars,” Mayer said.

For those not in the south-central Kansas area, the entire event will be streaming on TMU's Livestream web site, starting at 11 a.m. and staying on until the last note is played:

The music starts at Starting at 11 a.m., with open mike for Cowley student performers.

The bands begin at noon with multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Tim Durham, followed by Piper Leigh and the Smokin’ Section, who will fill the house with their blend of rock and blues. Synaxis (DJ Ryan Mackey) will change the pace with his atmospheric “electronic music for the soul.” Seattle-based musician and band leader Evan Gackstatter will perform solo acoustic versions of his original tunes and classic favorites. The percussion ensemble Temporal Mechanics Union will present their repertoire of traditional drumming and experimental music. 5 Man Trio headlines the concert around 7 p.m. with their original, eclectic acoustic music.

Each band will play approximately 90 minutes

The event at Cowley College is just one of 285 scheduled events in 48 countries. Performances are organized locally in venues large and small, and many will stream live on the internet, linking the global events together.

Playing for Change has set a goal for 2012 to raise $100,000 to support its programs. As of Monday, September 17, $43,260 had been pledged in advance of Playing for Change Day, including $15 pledged anonymously for the concert at Cowley.

For more information, go to, or call Chris Mayer at 620-441-5229. Donation pledges can be made through the website, or a $10 instant pledge can be made by texting PLAY to 84465.