Gigi® and the Lend Me a Hand Band®’s long awaited CDs are now available! The highly acclaimed and popular intergenerational Family band’s first CD, "Movement and Merriment", is exactly what the title says. It is geared for early childhood ages 2 to 7 tying into their magical imaginations - a treat for parents too with the fine musicianship of the Lend Me a Hand Band® and multi-award winning Classical singer Gigi’s wonderful vocals. This CD is perfect for the home, car and the classroom.
Gigi® and the Lend Me a Hand Band® is a musical troupe dedicated to bringing joy to young audiences through musical merriment, theatre and literature. Whether it’s purely for entertainment or used as a means to educate children, music is a powerful force that gets kids of all ages involved and creates a memorable experience for them. Making it interactive, through songs and games set to music, has been integral to the success of the band and one of the keys to unleashing the imagination of their rapt listeners. For everyone involved, it is truly a labor of love.
The band is comprised of Gigi on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, her Mom - Granny Franny on keyboards, her husband Larry a.k.a Mr. Bassman and best friends Meteor Mike Cefola on electric guitar, and Guy “Jam Master G” Eluzzi on percussion along with Uncle Paul Rutkowski on the saxophone (only heard on "Ready for Bed" on this CD). In their live shows their kids and relatives lend a hand in leading the audiences to join in actions to their songs. All of these fine musicians come from varied backgrounds from bands performing Country, Rock, Blues and Jazz. Their musical journey together has taken them from the banks of the Hudson River for Riverfests, to the Tower of Power Stage of the Time Warner Goodwill Games, to the stages of numerous theatres such as the Helen Hayes, schools, aquariums and zoos, but most importantly...into the hearts of many children and their families.
An outgrowth of Gigi’s years of classroom work teaching pre-school music and musical theatre, these songs run the gamut from the active folky favorite “I’m a Little Rabbit”, ragtime dance “Hug Me My Bear”, “Woofer Blues”, jovial bedtime production number written for son, Evan - “Ready For Bed”, the sailing calypso of “Deep Blue Sea” to the relaxed and humorous acoustic peak-a-boo song “Oh How Can This Be?” Parents kept after Gigi to please record and make these songs available, and here they are.
Check out their other new CD “Rockin’ in the Ocean” - Rock, Swing and Doo-Wop songs about sea mammals written for the NY Aquarium and geared for Elementary School aged listeners and their parents. To find out more about the band or to download lyrics, see their website at www.gigiband.com.
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