A Lincoln band makes music and art, including children with disabilities

Music, dancing, and painting may be a hobby for some but for some children and a local band, it means so much more.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Music, dancing, and painting may be a hobby for some but for some children and a local band, it means so much more.

“Why do you like music how does it make you feel? Happy, happy!” said Evan, a camper.

Evan has come to UNMC’s Camp Munroe since he was in elementary school. It’s a summer camp for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

But when the group called Band of The Strong played on Wednesday he came alive when one of his favorite songs was played, Three Little Birds.

Band of The Strong was formed to give art and musical opportunities to kids in need.

One partner says it helped him cope with the grief of losing his father and then a child just like him.

“He hadn’t talked about it until we had gone through that event and sat down and started sharing our stories,” said Zach Schafer, leader of the band. “Then after that, he was an open book and there are things like that I can’t help but believe I’m in the right place for myself and for other people because it’s healing for me as it is for them.”

Evan says his favorite moment was holding the band’s guitar.

“The guitar, I was jamming!” said Evan.

Camp Munroe’s director says she is thankful for the band and people who support children as acceptance is growing but children with disabilities are not widely accepted yet.

“I mean this is such a special opportunity to work with another local nonprofit,” said Nicole Giron, UNMC camp director. “Really gifted and talented people who just and it does bring a tear to my eye they just want to give back like we do And see the value in all children and I think that’s just so special.”

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