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November 8, 2013

NYC band to lead music program at Roxbury school

New York City-based band Coyote Love has announced that it will lead a “Music Every Day Educational Project” at Roxbury Central School this month to honor the legacy of disc jockey and local music booster Terry Doyle, who died in February.

“The project brings our philosophy of personal growth through creativity into the schools. The kids take an existing song (“Music Every Day”) and re-write the verses based on themes they discover through text analysis,” bandleader Hank Coyote Wagner said in a media release. “Then, their peers perform the music on stage, with members of Coyote Love. It’s a blast!” 

The project will run from Wednesday through Friday, and conclude with a performance at the school on the afternoon of Nov. 26.

Wagner, who has family ties to Delaware County, teamed in May with local educational support groups Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation and Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership, to donate a small version of the project to the school.

The program honored the work and spirit of Doyle, who championed local and independent musicians by playing their work on his WIOX radio show, “Crackle” and attending countless gigs throughout the region, the release said.

“Terry was the first DJ to spin our music on the radio,” Wagner said in the release. “He was the first to have us play live on air as well. We practically owe our local following to him.”

The small-scale project that Coyote Love donated in the spring was so well-received by students and staff alike that Wagner and GRLIC were encouraged to team again, and to apply for a state-funded grant facilitated by Roxbury Arts Group. Now, with funding enough to work with more than 40 students and their teachers, the indie rock band will stage a full-scale, student-driven performance on Nov. 26, with members of Coyote Love playing alongside the students.

“We are doing something that we think Terry would have approved of,” Wagner said. “And to us, that’s a great guiding principal.”

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