Buds in the Schools Week Concerts

ASHA, in collaboration with The Parents' Choice Foundation, Recording Industry Association of America, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Bongiovi Accoustics, Consumer Electronics Association, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, one of the National Institutes of Health, Cailfone International, Tune-A-Fish Records, and The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), offered an educational concert series that promoted safe listening of personal audio technology.


New York, NY; May 4, 2012

The Buds burst on the scene in Manhattan with two concerts at P.S. 003 Charrette School. Well-known Buds Coalition Musician Oran Etkin underscored the importance of practicing safe listening using an interactive performance style.


San Diego, CA; November 14-16, 2011

The Buds stepped out in grand style while visiting San Diego during ASHA's 2011 Convention week. The campaign entered six local schools to share the "safe listening" message with more than 1000 enthusiastic San Diego Unified School District students. Mayor Jerry Sanders issued an official proclamation of Buds in the Schools Week, and campaign information was shared with schools throughout the district. Buds Coalition musicians Moona Luna and Oran Etkin provided the music and message to teach young students about the importance of safe listening practices.


New Orleans, LA; November 18-19, 2009

New Orleans native Charmaine Neville entertained and educated students at four New Orleans elementary schools.


Additional Buds Week Concerts

  • Chicago, IL; 2013
    Buds Coalition Musicians Oran Etkin and Billy Jonas brought their safe listening message to five Chicago elementary schools. It was the return to the Buds' roots; the first Buds concert was held at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in 2008. 
  • USO San Diego's 20th Annual Holiday Concert; Historic Balboa Theater
    Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band joined the U.S. Marine Band to entertain an audience filled with U.S. service members and their families. 2011 ASHA President Paul Rao took the stage and reminded the nearly 1,400 attendees to heed the Buds' message and keep the volume down.
  • Philadelphia, PA; November 14-20, 2010
    ASHA members in the city schools pitched in to get the Buds' safe listening message out to students and educators. The week, officially designated by Mayor Michael Nutter, included musical performances by members of the Buds' Musician's Coalition in six city schools. Buds related lesson plans, coloring pages, and school announcements were disseminated throughout the school district.
  • Washington, D.C.; May 23-29, 2010
    Grammy Award winners Cathy & Marcy and Hip-Hop sensation Christylez Bacon headlined morning concerts at the first ever "Buds in the Schools Week." Nationally acclaimed for his highly interactive "funky folk music for the whole family," Billy Jonas performed in the afternoons.
  • Glendale, CA; September 2009
    Award-winning performer Linda Severt headlined a "Buds" concert and several school performances; weaving music, circus arts, puppetry, and ASHA's hearing safety message together for a fun-filled and educational experience.
  • Washington, D.C.; April 29, 2009
    Billy Jonas' singalongs, bangalongs, and whisperalongs were enjoyed by more than 1,000 children.
  • Chicago, IL; November 2008
    Four-time Parents' Choice Gold Award winner Justin Roberts, a key player in the world of hip kids music, performed at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.