Each season, interPLAYcompany Orchestra presents up to three concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore, featuring everything from Bartok concertos to Brazilian jazz. Alongside professional musicians, the band members play drums, bells, and tambourines – and most have moderate to severe cognitive, intellectual, or physical disabilities. Band members rehearse weekly, learn to follow a conductor, and play symphonic percussion and tonal instruments. Reading music is not required, and most musicians learn their parts through intense listening, repetition, and mastering one note at a time. Since most participants have "aged out" of other educational programs, rehearsals are essential both for cognitive stimulation and social interaction. In the (sold out) concerts, band members play a percussive score alongside renowned musicians from nationally-recognized orchestras and jazz ensembles. interPLAY also recruits volunteer “bandaides”: local students and adults who can read music and play along with or assist the main musicians. At interPLAY, adults with disabilities can make extraordinary music and memories. Let's join in the applause.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Disabled

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for interPLAYcompany Orchestra is: Less than $500k

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