The Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival was an amazing success! You made it magical and helped us to raise awareness and funds for kids in the Pittsburgh area on the autism spectrum. 

The cost is $12 ($10 + $2 for shipping) and GET (2) 2018 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival Calendars for the price of one making the extra one a great Holiday gift!!! Click the “Buy Now” button below to get yours!

Or, Send your name, address, and check payable to:
Band Together Pittsburgh
4885-A McKnight Road #402
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Some of the comments that we’ve received via our Facebook Page:

“AWESOME event and ideal venue!! (I definitely prefer the Syria’s Shrine over Hartwood). Loved all of the bands that played on Sunday!”

“Congrats on a great job done by all those involved with the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival! I’m already looking forward to next year!!”

“Great cause! Great bands! Great food! Great turnout! Hope the funds raised were abundant! And cant wait to hear more on the documentary. Thanks for having me! Cant wait till next year too!!!!”

“What a wonderful event! Well organized, great venue, fantastic music, and good people. Happy to be a part of it. Look forward to next time.”

“…hopefully the start of a new yearly tradition. Great venue, great music and great food.”

“Fantastic event, wonderful organizers & volunteers, and of course AWESOME bands! Well done- see you next year!”

The 2018 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival will be held July 21-22, 2018 in the very same place! The Syria Shrine Center in Cheswick, PA.

Band Together Pittsburgh a community based non-profit is producing the show. Band Together Pittsburgh is an organization that employs the power of music to engage children on the autism spectrum and their families. Through music we are able to improve social behaviors, increase focus and attention, reduce tension and create body awareness and coordination. 

We are exited to be working in partnership with the Autism Society of PittsburghThe goal of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh is to help parents and professionals grow by providing as much relevant information on autism spectrum disorders as is known to us.

“When words fail, music speaks!”

Studies show what we already know: Music IS the Magic!
The purpose of Band Together Pittsburgh (a recognized 501 (c) 3 non profit organization) is to
employ the power of music to engage youth on the autism spectrum and their families. Music
has the proven capacity to enhance social interactions, build and develop communication skills, and improve motor/sensory, emotional, and academic/cognitive functioning. PLUS it’s FUN!

Music brings us together. Fills our souls. And creates pathways to help those on the autism spectrum to build new skills. The founders of Band Together Pittsburgh have decades of experience in the music scene and in the non profit youth development world. That knowledge coupled with a science based approach provides us with a solid foundation to provide programming.

We are also working in partnership with Seton Hill University and have created a rigorous evaluation tool and strategy to be able to quantify what we are doing and communicate the results. Following, are just a handful of scholarly papers addressing music, music therapy and youth on the autism spectrum. Their findings are exciting. it’s time to Band Together Pittsburgh!

Music therapy services for young children with ASD are very effective for improving
communication, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility, and play (Whipple, 2012).

Percussion and Distance Learning: Improving Attention-to-Task in Children with Autism. Brenda L. Guzic, MA1, Kent Tonkin, MA1, James Donovan, M.Ed.2, Donald Walkovich, PhD, 3 Barbara R. Demuth, MSN1, Barbara Walkovich, BS4, Jay B. Roberts, MA1, Ashok Bapat, PhD1

Music therapy interventions may elicit joint attention (Kalas, 2012); enhance auditory
processing, other sensory-motor, perceptual/motor, or gross/fine motor skills (LaGasse & Hardy, 2013); and identify and appropriately express emotions (Katagiri, 2009).
Music therapy interventions based on family- centered practice may increase social
engagement in the home environment and community (Thompson, McFerran, & Gold, 2013)

Music therapy interventions using musically adapted social stories may modify target behavior
and teach new skills (Brownell, 2002).