Doing a good deed for someone else is a feeling like no other. A few weeks ago, Rutgers Prep junior, Renee Jean-Baptiste, had the opportunity to join Gita Ganti ‘17 and her A Cappella group, the RockNRoll Chorus, and experience that feeling during their musical performance at Elijah’s Promise. This soup kitchen located in nearby New Brunswick has been serving delicious, freshly cooked meals to families for years.
The RockNRoll Chorus just recently started their non-profit organization, the RockNRoll Chorus Foundation, and after realizing the outstanding work done by the volunteers at Elijah’s Promise, they thought that the one thing that could make the dining experience even more enjoyable was a musical performance.
Ganti, the project leader for the group’s foundation Taste of Talent, explains what their group is all about: “Taste of Talent aims to enrich the dining experience of people in soup kitchens through local high school talent. As we plan to spread this idea to as many schools as possible, I wanted to begin with my own school and second home, RPS.” Renee was just the student Gita had in mind, as she was able to join the group with her own solo flute performance.
Now, singing for strangers was definitely not a new experience for the members of the RockNRoll Chorus. This elite ensemble has experience performing all across the East Coast, and their talent certainly shone through at the soup kitchen. After they performed “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue, “Free Ride” by Edgar Winter, “Long Train Runnin” by the Doobie Brothers, and “Something to Believe In” by Parachute, members of the audience were thoroughly impressed.
Gita remarks on her experience saying, “It felt amazing to spread the power of music and performance to the people in the soup kitchen because even a simple smile let us know that we had left a positive impact on their day – truly, that is the most rewarding feeling.”
After the performance, the chorus was approached by one of Elijah’s Promise’s volunteers who introduced himself as Damon Wimbley, a former member of the famous 80’s hip-hop trio The Fat Boys. He reminded them the power that music has over how people feel, and that combining music with the act of serving the community is truly a remarkable experience.
The next Taste of Talent event will be held in December, and the board strongly encourages members of the Rutgers Prep community to join the performance. The RockNRoll Chorus hopes that students will take this opportunity to join in their movement to spread the power of music.