Volunteer musicians bring the sounds of the season to senior citizens

Photo courtesy Gary Gamponia

The volunteer musicians who make up the Silver Lake-based Pay it Forward Band have once again spent December sprinting across Los Angeles County to perform at numerous nursing homes. The band, which draws on a pool of 130 musicians, will conclude their holiday concert season with two Christmas Day shows in Highland Park. The band will have performed 41 concerts this month – that falls short of band director Gary Gamponia’s 50-concert goal but remains an impressive feat nonetheless. A band press release provides more details about the band and its music:

The unique band, ages 9 to 90, will field 9 of it’s 130 plus volunteer musicians on Christmas Day to bring sick, sad and lonely skilled nursing home residents the old timey Christmas tunes made famous by legends like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Elvis and others. “It’s the music of their past, which is the music of a time in their life when life was better, a time when they were young. Besides being high quality entertainment that really connects with them, the music is therapy, especially for those with Alzheimers. ”

Click here for more information about the band.


  1. This is very heartwarming! It’s nice to ‘give back’ or ‘pay it forward’…..whatever you call it. Tomorrow (Christmas) I, along with some other friends, am taking my Therapy Dog, Gunner, to the Verdugo Hills Hospital to visit the patients. We have done this before, and people always appreciate the visit………patients and employees. It doesn’t take much time, and is a nice thing to do!

    • We are so sorry we missed your commnt in Eastside L.A. Thank you for your words of encouragement ! May we ask if you and Gunner would be interested in joining us sometime ? We perform almost every weekend out of the year so there are opportunities to fit it into your scheule here in there. We would LOVE to hear from you! Here’s our number:
      213 388-8500. Bless you two for doing what you do !!!

  2. Much applause to all the volunteers.

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