More than 100 HWS students enjoyed the original music of Nathan Ginnetty ’12 and up-and-coming band “The Scope” at a benefit concert at Irene’s Coffee House on Wednesday, Feb. 11 while enjoying Irene’s coffees, lattes, and smoothies.
The proceeds of the show went toward Jumpstart, a program which allows HWS students to serve children in the Geneva community. “We’re proud to have raised about $430 for Jumpstart!” said Jumpstart Volunteer Coordinator Leah Crohn ’09.
Ginnetty, a guitarist and singer-songwriter, opened the show with some emotive and lyrical melodies, followed by The Scope’s fresh and energetic jams.
“This was our first big show,” explained guitarist Sarik Kumar ’11. “Leah Crohn contacted us about helping raise money for Jumpstart, and we were definitely interested.”
Drummer Andrew Tarnas-Raskin ’11 added, “It was a good opportunity for the band to play, and a way for us to help out a good cause.”
In addition to Kumar and Tarnas-Raskin, The Scope features singers Chris Stripp ’10 and Danielle DeVito ’09, Andrew Mahoney ’11 on bass, and Mike Buccino ’09 on keyboard. Their music is described as upbeat funk-rock with jazz and reggae influences.
“Sarik and I started writing before the whole band first played together, but it was fun to see how our songs morphed once the other members added their input,” says Tarnas-Raskin. “Now that we all practice together regularly, songs are being written collectively by the entire band, which is one of the most fun aspects of this experience.”
The Scope opened for Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Smith Opera House on Friday, Feb. 20. “It’s an amazing opportunity for us,” says Tarnas-Raskin. “This will be the biggest show any of us has ever played!”
Jumpstart recruits, trains, and supports college students to serve as part-time AmeriCorps members, working directly with and supporting young children in Head Start and other early childhood education programs. Jumpstart focuses on building school success for young children by developing their early language, literacy, and social skills; encouraging strong family involvement to help families support children’s learning; and training college students to be future teachers and leaders in early childhood education.