Youth music program inspiring kids to dream big

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My5tery Music is made up of a drumline and step team with the goal of teaching youth about music and leading them on a positive path in life.

This past summer, the city of Toledo made a push for more youth programs to keep kids engaged and away from the violence plaguing the streets.

My5tery Music has been using the “international language” of music to inspire kids and keep them off the streets. The group practices out of St. Martin de Porres Church in central Toledo on Wednesdays and Thursdays. But the lessons the students learn are about much more than just making noise.

“In order to keep their membership, they have to be in constant compliance with their parents and constant compliance with their teachers,” he stressed.

He runs a tight ship, teaching the kids about respect and being a part of a team.

“He can be hard on you but it’s for a good reason,” 11-year-old Jamichael Byrd said.

“If you join My5tery Music, it’s like you have a lot of support,” said Kaliyah Reed, “and they give you a lot of confidence and they help you and support you in the things that you do.”

“It helped me boost my confidence and now I really don’t care what others think of me,” Nina Williams said.

November 15, 2021

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