TWO WEEKENDS @ Rose CityFair Festival! JUNE 4 & 11th! Also Ships & Floats on the Waterfront!

United By Music North America at Rose Festival CityFair- Final Weekend  June 11th at 3pm on The Rose City Stage!   We are so honored to have also performed at the festival on June 4th as well as previous years.  Here's a photo collage from that show featuring our exceptional artists and pro musician mentors in an inclusive, vibrant, uplifting show!  

The final weekend of CityFair June 9-11. Fleet Week is a highlight this weekend with ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy along the waterfront sea wall, and the amazing all-floral float creations from the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade will line Naito Parkway on Saturday afternoon and Sunday for up-close viewing, punctuating a rosy end to Rose Festival Waterfront activities.

 FREE with CityFair Admission!

WHAT'S NEXT?!?  Gig Harbor, WA: Thursday, June 15th Waterfront Market performance featuring United by Music North America artists from Oregon & Washington programs along with sets from UBMNA mentors Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble PLUS  Karen Lovely with Lisa Mann, Ben Rice & Dave Melyan

Want to see more fun?  Click the 5 min mini movie above to show scenes, artists and mentors having FUN and speaking from their heart about United by Music North America. 

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2. Click on DONATE right here on this website and give what you can. EVERY dollar helps program MORE opportunities to transform lives through music. Thank you!

PERFORMING at the OPENING CEREMONIES! Special Olympics Washington State Spring Games

Special Olympics Washington State Spring Games 
Go4Gold and Sing the Blues!
June 2nd & 3rd

"Let me win, but if I cannot win,  let me be brave in the attempt!"
- Special Olympics motto -

Amanda and I have always thought of United by Music North America as being a sort of Special Olympics for Music! Though it isn't a direct match-up comparison, the heart, bravery, and dedication it takes to give your all for something you love and do your best are at the core of both programs.

In this, our fifth performance year in this country, one of our dreams has come true: To bring our talented group of musicians to entertain during the Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics. The path from idea to reality for any big dream is made up of many small steps that come in the form of phone calls, letters, email, reaching out to someone who might know someone who might also see the perfect fit!

Each person along the way moved the ball forward toward that goal. Several of United by Music band members are also Special Olympic athletes and two will be playing in these statewide final games as well as be on the grand opening stage to entertain thousands of athletes and their families and friends.

Special thanks to Sandy Hall and the Bowen Family for making the connection with Joe Hampson Special Olympics Washington. VP Sports and Community Outreach who immediately understood our passion for connecting the athletes with music. We believe there is every possibility that some of the athletes in Special Olympics will also be very musically talented and therefor may have an interest in being in this performing band program. The support of Dave Lenox, President and CEO of SOWA has also been important to bringing United by Music to these statewide games.

On June 2nd and 3rd in Tacoma, WA we will begin that discussion through performance at the Opening Ceremonies plus in a special workshop open mic for ALL athletes and families! During the time not in competition the athletes and families are invited to come to THE CAVE on the Pacific Lutheran Campus where our band and professional music coaches will be hosting a super fun session of performance combined with letting everyone who wants to, have a turn on stage.


The concept that Joe, Amanda and I have is to bring the United by Music performance-based program to all the SOWA participants in all the regions of the state.

Debut of NEW SONG for Special Olympics
written  by United by Music North America artist and his mentor
to be performed for the first time at Opening Ceremonies !

Patrick Blue, a Special Olympics athlete and a United by Music North America artist wrote this song in 2011 in collaboration with one of his mentors, Timmer Blakely about the Special Olympics – Olympic Town experience. For several years they, as well as Patrick's parents, have tried to have this song brought to the attention of Special Olympics. As I mentioned above, the path to all of these ideas is sometimes winding and for a variety of reasons, that effort was stalled. As Amanda and I began to work with the Joe on the presentation for Opening Ceremonies, we suggested that we include Patrick's song as part of the performance. After hearing it, he agreed!

MORE FUN! Athletes from all regions of Washington state have been selected to join us on the big stage to sing this special song, as well as our United by Music North America theme song.

All of this will follow the parade of athletes, color guard and singing of the National Anthem, which will be performed by Nick Baker, pianist-vocalist, who is a member of the United by Music North America band.

Join us in Tacoma and celebrate the accomplishments of the artists of United by Music North America and the athletes of Special Olympics Washington!

Details for United by Music North America Special Olympics weekend activities:
We're joined this weekend by UBMNA pro musicians Polly O'Keary, Tommy Cook & Willie Straub
Friday June 2nd Opening Ceremonies including Parade of Athletes and performance by United by Music North America
7:00-8:30 PM in Olson Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University

Saturday June 3rd Play Music, Hear Performance, Sing have Fun! Interactive Session!
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at THE CAVE in Anderson University Center, Room 140 Pacific Lutheran University. Join us for 10 minutes or an hour whenever you have time between the competition activities. Explore and have fun with our United by Music artists, families and professional musician mentors! Everyone welcome!

Details for Special Olympics Washington Spring Games

Barbara Hammerman

Amanda Gresham
Producing Artistic Director/Co-founder
UBMNA v.m. 253.225.7655

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It's a Party! Rhythm & Blues Workshop w/ Recognition Ceremony!

It's A Party!
Rhythm & Blues Workshop with Recognition Ceremony 
Celebrating United by Music's Fifth Performance Season in North America

Musicians & Authors Mark Powers and Nick Baker Lead us in a very special afternoon of music & movement!

Rhythmatist & Writer, Performer & Educator
Keeping the pulse is an enormous part of Mark Powers' life.

We may not all be Drummers, however, we are all Rhythmatists!

To paraphrase Mark: In every day life, we experience participating in the rhythms of our environment & interactions. Each of us are an instrument - musically - of change - & - of success. When combining the lessons that Mark teaches, and embracing our inner Rhythmatist,
we can, together, become more extraordinary.

Keyboards & Vocals, Book Author & Songwriter
With his captivating vocals, piano skills & instant recall, Nick is a popular PacNW one-man-band! United by Music North America is proud to call Nick Baker our bandmate!

The UBMNA Band performs year-round with professional musicians who coach the ensemble on how to communicate and perform as a band on stages across the nation and abroad. Today, we feature Nick in a performance presentation for his first book, "Turtle", co-produced with his mom & "biggest fan". Nick is currently working on his second book, "Bad Behavior Blues."

WHO:   United by Music North America band, friends, family, coaches, fans, volunteers & donors PLUS anyone who wants to know more about United by Music!
Arrival time 1-1:30p 3:30-4p
LOCATION: Multnomah Arts Center  7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 

                                                                   -  Easy & Free Parking
No need to bring a thing! If you have a rhythm instrument, go ahead and bring it! Examples: bongo, wood block, washboard, canon 

No Fee for Event, Donations always Welcome! Come out for the Fun of It!
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Barbara G. Hammerman, J.D.
United by Music North America
253.225-7655  v.m.   Questions? 

United by Music Receives ISing Grant! Concerts May 5, 6, & 7!

United By Music North America is honored to have been selected by ISing Choir to be the recipient of their 2017 community grant! EVERYONE is invited to attend these THREE ISing CONCERTS, the proceeds of which benefit the talented and brave artists and the  United by Music North America 5th Anniversary Performance Season in this life transforming program for musically talented people with developmental challenges and delays. Members of the UBMNA vocal ensemble will offer several tunes during the May 5-7 "Out of the Americas" concert.  Concert music description, locations and times may be found right here. Click this link!   Note there are 3 DIFFERENT locations! 

NEWS! United by Music North America has been selected!

NEWS!     United by Music North America has been selected!  Through a formal application, review and interview process, United by Music North America is honored to have been chosen by the ISing Choir Beneficiary Committee  (Beaverton, OR) to be their 2017 recipient of funding from selected concerts performed by this exceptional choir! More news to come about those concerts scheduled for May and December. This weekend you can have a preview!

ISing The Blues,  happening this weekend:
Friday and Saturday, March 3th & 4th – Beaverton, OR
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, Oregon

7:00pm Doors Open 7:30pm Concert
The event is not tickets, donations are encouraged in order to support the choir in their efforts to produce Spring and Winter concerts which benefit United by Music North America program & productions.

United By Music North America is honored to have been selected as collaborative recipient of ISing Choir's annual beneficiary award for nonprofit organizations making a difference in their communities! As we enter our fifth performance year in North America, we are especially grateful to have received this recognition from one of Portland's premier choral ensembles: benefiting local nonprofit programs while having a great time doing so! 

Mark your calendars for an exceptional choral experience May 5th, 6th, & 7th for the ISing Spring Concert series, under the direction of Steven Galavan - "Out of the Americas"! Details will be forthcoming! 

Members from the United by Music North America vocal ensemble have been invited to perform during these concerts.

Memphis here we come!

Only four days to LIFT OFF! 

Our United by Music North America band and entourage has grown to 35 people representing communities from Oregon, Washington, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi!
 For those attending the International Blues Challenge activities, we hope you will come to one - OR ALL! - of our presentations and workshops February 2 and 3 in clubs on Beale Street. 

This Blues Foundation organized event is recognized as one of the most important international gatherings of blues musicians and fans in the world. 

We are honored to have been invited by the Blues Foundation to Showcase our artists and the program! 

As we enter our fifth performance year here in North America, we are seeking NEW band members, mentors, volunteers, donors, and sponsors. 

Come out to cheer our talented and courageous artists, and support these important efforts with your financial donation. EVERY dollar is important and EVERY dollar is matched through February 6th!  
Thank you!

Press Release: The National Blues Museum to Host United by Music North America Band with Special Guest Christone “Kingfish” Ingram!

We're headed for St. Louis! Three performances this week! Two during the annual convention for TASH and one in the LUMIERETHEATER at the National Blues Museum! The TASH Conference shows are for those registered at the conference, but the one on December 1st is FREE and OPEN to the Public PLUS, for those who attend the Noon Concert, a DISCOUNTED admittance to the museum is offered.


For the National Blues Museum
Sherry Nash, Director of External Affairs 

For United by Music North America Barbara Hammerman 

The National Blues Museum to Host United by Music North America Band with
Special Guest Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Free Concert Showcases Talent of Musicians with Developmental Challenges

St. Louis, MO – November 18, 2016: The National Blues Museum announced today that it will host a free, lunchtime concert on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 11 am to 1 pm featuring the United by Music North America Band with special guest, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. The concert will take place in the museum’s Lumiere Place Legends Room.
United by Music North America is a performance-based program for people who are very musically- talented and have developmental challenges, such as autism. “We appreciate the opportunity to bring our talented and courageous artists for this special show to the National Blues Museum,” says Barbara Hammerman, one of the co-founders of United by Music North America. “The United by Music band is especially excited to have Kingfish as a guest musician, “Hammerman explains. “This child prodigy’s soul is possessed with the feeling, passion and fire of the much older men who created the Blues.”
“We know the audience will be both highly-entertained and moved by the performance,” says National Blues Museum’s Executive Director, Dion Brown. “The museum is honored to host the show and hope people will come out and see these inspiring artists.”
United by Music North America recently received the Muddy Award - Best Northwest Event for their series of performances and workshops during the 2016 Waterfront Blues Festival. The band has also performed at sold-out shows with their European counterparts in the Netherlands. Kingfish has
entertained at the White House and on national television shows including The Steve Harvey Show and
The Rachel Ray Show.
The concert is free and open to the public; attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Those wanting to tour the museum after the performance will receive a discounted admission rate.

About the National Blues Museum

The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on world culture. Located in Downtown St. Louis in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, the museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focused on the Blues as the foundation of American music. Voted as a top travel destination in 2016 by The New York Times,, and CNN, the National Blues Museum uses artifact-driven exhibits, live performances and interactive galleries to perpetuate Blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians. Conveniently located at the center of St. Louis’s convention and tourism district, the museum is within walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, the home venues of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, and many other attractions and amenities. For more information, visit To stay connected, follow @NatBluesMuseum on Twitter, @NationalBluesMuseum on Instagram, and like "National Blues Museum" on Facebook.

About United by Music North America
United by Music North America is a performance-based program for people who are very musically talented and have developmental challenges such as autism. They are discovered through auditions and personal interviews and matched with professional musicians for the purpose of gaining skills necessary to being in a band and performing for the general public at festivals, events and private parties. United by Music North America founders Barbara Hammerman and Amanda Gresham envision United by Music programs throughout North America and invite people to contact them through the website at to recommend an artist or learn more about this program which is transforming lives through music.

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