Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Massachusetts Cultural Council awards Berkshire South Regional Community Center with grant for the Berkshire Ukulele Band

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is honored to receive an award of $250 from the Great Barrington Cultural Council via the Massachusetts Cultural Council in support of the Community Center’s popular Berkshire Ukulele Band.

The Berkshire Ukulele Band is a weekly program offered at the Community Center free of charge. The only requirement for new members to join the group is to have an interest in playing the ukulele. The program teaches participants how to read chord charts, instrument technique, and chord progressions.

Rob Sanzone, the program’s instructor, has been a teacher of music since 2000. Currently he is the Instrumental Music Instructor at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, MA. He teaches private and group music lessons at Berkshire Music School, his home studio Mass Music Lab, as well as atBerkshire South. Rob teaches students of all skill levels and ages to play acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, clarinet and lap steel, as well as the ukulele.

Often called upon to perform at local events, during 2014 the Band performed at Apple Squeeze, Lenox; SummerFest, Bandstand Series, the CHP/WIC Blueberry Festival and at Mason Library, all in Great Barrington; the BUW event at Magic Fluke in Sheffield and at South Egremont Schoolhouse.

The goal of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. In coordination with Local Cultural Councils in communities across the state, MCC supports programs promoting excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

The Berkshire Ukulele Band meets Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Beginners are encouraged to join, reading music is not required. Music and chord charts will be provided and a limited number of instruments are available for loan to participants. Drop-ins are welcome!

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to