What is Golden Memories? 

Golden Memories: Vitalizing Senior Communities Through Music was developed to support the health and wellness of the senior community through music. We believe that arts therapies have value to the seniors who are no longer able to get out and experience what they once did because of illness or limitations. This 60-minute program incorporates live music along with a music therapist working with the residents throughout the performance.

Therapeutic Aspects of the Program:

The program will address neurosensory, physical, psychological, and social health of all residents of a senior community through specific music-centered interventions in three categories including:

  1.  Singing/Vocalizing
  2.  Dance/Movement
  3.  Use of Musical Instruments/Props


GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness hopes that Golden Memories will trigger a memory or special moment in which the resident can recall and improve physically as well as mentally.

Golden Memories can be utilized with Glass City Swing Band, Glass Half Full, or a combination of two instruments along with a music therapist.

Program Coordinators

Valerie Uschock

Valerie Uschock, Music Therapist

Valerie, MT-BC, is a graduate of Duquene University and is a Music Therapist-Board Certified. She has developed effective plans for senior communities through her own business of 21 years. She is currently employed at Vitas Healthcare where she provides Music Therapy for hospice patients across Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

Joy Procida

Joy Procida, GCSB Musical Director​

Joy is a graduate of Seton Hill University with a degree in Music. She has been musical director of the Glass City Swing Band (GCSB) since it was formed in 2009. As musical director of GCSB, Joy has organized numerous events and programs. Joy and her sister Jill Procida have been putting together one-hour programs for area nursing homes since 2015.

Jill Procida

Jill Procida, GCSB Musician and Private Instructor

Jill is a graduate of Seton Hill University with a degree in Music. Jill has been a private instructor since 1989 in which she implements a plan to benefit the student in order to feel good about learning and at the same time become more efficient on the saxophone. Jill and her sister Joy Procida have been putting together one-hour programs for area nursing homes since 2015.

 GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.