Falcons football player teams with Atlanta Symphony for music education

Posted on: May 24, 2012

In Thursday’s (5/24) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Howard Pousner writes, “Falcons player Justin Blalock didn’t just play football in school, he also played tuba, and continues to play drums and guitar. That’s why the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra drafted the left guard as a spokesman for its ‘When I Play Music’ campaign, as announced Wednesday, in which $5 donations support ASO music education outreach. ‘Growing up in Texas as an athlete and musician, I discovered first-hand that playing tuba in my school’s orchestra helped me thrive in all areas of life,’ Blalock says in a video about the campaign (view it at www.atlantasymphony.org/blalock). ‘It’s well known that when kids play music, they achieve higher test scores, have more confidence, better concentration and experience a sense of achievement.’ Blalock will also host and guest conduct during the ASO’s annual ‘side-by-side’ summer concert at 7:30 p.m. June 14, during which members of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra perform alongside their professional peers onstage in Symphony Hall. Blalock will lead the combined orchestras in John Williams’ ‘Raiders March’ from the ‘Indiana Jones’ films.”

Posted May 24, 2012