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Our Mission

The mission of GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness (GCSBArts) is to support disabilities awareness in the community through musical education programs that will enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs. We fill a special unique, niche in the community that affords those with special needs the opportunity to enhance their self-esteem and morale by experiencing the music of the Swing Era alongside a high-quality live band. We strive to give each participant a sense of self-worth and accomplishment which will help improve their overall health and wellness.

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Our Story

Founders of GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness (GCSBArts), Jill and Joy Procida, have a passion for disabilities awareness and preserving history through the use of a nostalgic 18-piece group playing swing music of the 1930's and 1940's. The part of GCSBArts' mission to support disabilities awareness is very near to both of the founders' hearts as both carry a diagnosis of limb girdle muscular dystrophy and can relate first hand to the freedom one can feel through music. GCSBArts will support disabilities awareness through musical education programs to enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs. One program that GCSBArts has developed, Swingin' with Creative Arts Therapies (SCAT), will do just that. Find out more about SCAT.

The second part of GCSBArts' mission is to preserve the history of the Swing Era. The founders' love for the Swing Era and music made it very easy to incorporate this aspect into GCSBArts' mission by providing historical concerts to local and surrounding communities.

You can help support GCSBArts' programs and historical concerts through several fundraisers held throughout the year, purchasing Glass City Swing Band merchandise, making a tax-deductible donation and/or hiring Glass City Swing Band (GCSB) for your special event.

Learn more about GCSB and how they were formed on the GCSB page.

Board Member and Directors

Joy Procida

Joy Procida

Co-Founder & Musical Director - GCSB

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Jill Procida

Jill Procida

Co-Founder & Director of Philanthropy

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Dr. Eugene M. Dangelo

Eugene Dangelo, Ph.D.

President of the Board

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Valerie Uschock

Valerie Uschock

Vice President

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Vance Vargo

Vance Vargo

Treasurer

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Anicia Steiner

Anicia Steiner

Secretary

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Susan Phillips-Smochko

Susan Phillips-Smochko

Board Member

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Donald Austin

Donald Austin, Ph.D.

Board Member

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Anita Leonard

Board Member

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Mission Statement

The mission of GCSBArts is to support disabilities awareness through musical education programs that will enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs.

Volunteers

GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness is looking for volunteers to help with our programs, events and Fundraisers. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact us

Giving

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