Gulliver Prep senior Daniel Garcia loves music. He is in a band and plans to major in music production in college. This past summer, he attended the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music program, earning college credits.
So it comes as no surprise that his major community service project deals with music. He and a friend, Brad Gilbert, started an organization at Gulliver called Amplified. Amplified hosted open mic nights featuring live bands. The concept is two-fold — raise money for a music organization called Little Kids Rock and to spotlight local bands.
“We’re helping the local music scene while helping charities,” he said. “There should be more opportunity for local music acts.”
Until recently, the events were held on campus. They were successful, raising more than $2,000. Now that they are seniors, Garcia and his friend decided changes are necessary. They brought in two more friends, Daniella Grava and Danielle Mesko, and changed the name to Amplified Miami.
“This year we just dissolved it within the school and we are making it an actual organization,” he said.
By expanding its scope from Gulliver to the general community, Amplified Miami will be able to do more events. On Twitter, the group announced its first scheduled event outside of Gulliver for Oct. 25.
“We have a few acts confirmed,” Garcia said. Garcia said the point of breaking it off from Gulliver has to do with the future of the organization.
“When we go to our respective colleges, we could do it there,” he said. “If we kept it at Gulliver, we would have to give it up. We wanted to keep it going.”
While they go away to college, others can keep the organization going in Miami.
Before Amplified, he volunteered at the Community Music School in Coral Gables, teaching guitar to underprivileged children.
At Gulliver, Garcia plays guitar in the jazz band and percussion in the wind ensemble.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld