SHELBY -- Smooth jazz musician and founder of the Chocolate Jazz Foundation 501C3, David Wells, is going into public schools across the nation, in hopes of putting an end to the bullying epidemic sweeping the country.
He has an upcoming stop scheduled for Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at the Shelby 1st United Methodist Church, 18 S. Gamble St. This is a free concert to bring awareness against bullying in the public schools.
Chocolate Jazz Concert combines scrumptious desserts, in an evening of smooth jazz featuring top-of-charts artist David Wells.
Wells has been playing the trumpet since the age of 9, and has released a total of 14 albums within the span of his musical career. He is endorsed by Conn/Selmer (largest band manufacturing company) as a National performer and has shared the stage with Top artist’s in the “Smooth Jazz” genre.
He is founder of a national syndicated radio show that is in 50 different markets across the country. Also Wells is the founder of several music festivals such as the Vienna Rib and Jazz Festival, Huntsville Rib & Jazz Festival, Nashville Rib and Jazz Festival, and the Bowling Green Rib and Music Festival which will be held in 2016.
Wells has accomplished a lot in his career, but as a musician he wanted to influence and inspire the younger generation by going into the public schools and speaking about the power of music, achieving dreams, and most importantly, putting an end to bullying.
Traveling to high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools across the country, Wells has one main goal, which is to inspire teenagers and children to be kind to one another, to always stick up for what you believe in, and to never be afraid to speak out.
- 1 out of 3 kids are bullied every day of the school year.
- 1 out of 5 kids do the bullying.
- Over 160,000 kids don’t go to school because their afraid of being bullied.
- 64 percent of children who are bullied do not report it, and only 36 percent actually report being bullied.
- School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying up to 25 percent (McCallion and Feder, 2013).
- 1 out of 4 students report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015).
Wells wants to get the word out to the public and put an end to bullying, and hopefully have the students believe in the power of music as much as he does. Proceeds will go to Chocolate Jazz Foundation to help fight against bullying.