Children of Haiti  

Haiti Aid

COMPOSING A FUTURE
FOR THE CHILDREN OF HAITI
TODAY

 
 
 


Artists

M4M artists include professional musicians from across North Carolina. M4M founder, Ginger Garner, hand picks veteran musicians from bluegrass, country, jazz, folk, rock, classical, and soul genres to combine their skills and expertise in music and vocal performance.

M4M musicians have on average 20 years of experience and background in music, performance, and classical training.

M4M artists have performed in major venues and to a wide variety of audiences across the United States, including Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center in NYC to Native American Tribes in Alaska and University events.

M4M Founder, Ginger Garner
Co-Host, Lead Vocals, Flute, Harmonica
Ginger Garner at Lincoln Center NYC

Ginger is a North Carolina native with degrees from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ginger is a flexible vocalist, able to cross genres of music from jazz and soul to bluegrass and folk. Her first performance, in a sacred musical, was at age 7.

Ginger performs jazz, blues, R&B, and soul as a solo and freelance artist for the Seaside Arts Council, Eastern Carolina Jazz Cooperative, the Coastal Jazz Society, Blue Moon Jazz, the Jazz Coalition, and more.

Ginger's early musical roots are grounded in gospel, soul, and folk music. She learned how to improvise harmonies, from the time she could stand and speak, gathered around the family piano every Sunday with her aunt and grandfather. Beyond family, her musical influences include Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and cross genre artists like Sting, Bill Frisell, Ry Cooder, & Cinematic Orchestra.

Ginger has performed for The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, at the Lincoln Center, on radio, television, and in numerous mission travels across the United States from Alaska to New York City. Visit Ginger's Site

M4M Master of Ceremonies

Finley Woolston
Director of Sine Nominee Singers, Guitar
Finley Woolston
Finley Woolston has been the Music Director of the Crystal Coast Choral Society since assuming leadership from founder Delbert Bowles in 1992.  He devotes himself to music after a career in the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he was a cum laude vocal performance major.   He studied voice with Dr. Lori White and conducting with Dr. Joe Hickman.  He is a former student of Professor Brock McHelheren of the Crane School of Music and an alumnus of the Saratoga-Potsdam Chorus in Upstate New York. The chorus performed major choral works with the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

He has performed in chorus in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.  He has appeared as tenor soloist in oratorio and recital.  He has prepared members of the Choral Society for performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure's Requiem, and the Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins Carnegie Hall.

In January 2010 he prepared members of the Choral Society for a second performance of the Jenkins Mass for Peace in Avery Fisher Hall. He also sings with Schola Cantorum, the choir of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.He founded, directs and sings with the chamber chorus Sine Nomine Singers. He has directed numerous church choirs, and is currently the Music Director of the Richlands, NC United Methodist Church.  He is often asked to appear as Master of Ceremonies at community and charity events in Eastern North Carolina.

His voice is familiar to listeners of Public Radio East in New Bern, 89.3 FM, as a classical music announcer weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and host of "The Choral Tradition" heard Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Lydie Bane
Vocals
Lydie Bane
Before moving to the United States, Lydie was a journalist and reporter with Radio Lumiere in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. A native Haitian, Lydie Bane joins the M4M group to add her rich vocals in her native Creole tongue, as well as English. Lydie has a background in vocal performance and choral direction, and is active in Haiti relief efforts through various organizations. Lydie says, "my voice is for serving, worshipping, and adoring God all the time, because he made me special. Psalsms 150:6.

Jim Collins
Guitars
Jim Collins

Jim Collins grew up and currently resides in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.  Since 1967 he has played a variety of music with groups such as the Intellectuals, Billy and the King Bees, Phoenixx and currently is a member of the group Carolina Nights.

Jim and his wife, Sandra, have been married for over 40 yearsand have two sons and one grandson. He is a member of Highland Park Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Sound Committee.  
 

Angie Cooper
Vocals, Guitar
Angie Cooper

Angie Cooper has been the lead singer for Still Waters, a gospel bluegrass band, since 2003 and currently performs as a duo in her band, Wild Honey.

Still Waters is a praise and country/bluegrass band comprised of members from Swansboro United Methodist Church and the surrounding area.

SW has recorded and released two albums, with most proceeds going towards missions and outreach programs.  Angie also enjoys acoustic duo work comprised of folk, country and rock genres.

Angie is a longtime resident of eastern North Carolina and resides in Swansboro with her family.

Bob Craig
Saxophone, Percussion
Bob Craig, North Tower

Bob Craig, a native North Carolinian, is one of the original members of the Raleigh based North Tower band. Bob has been a “saxman” most of his life - getting his start in and around Mooresville and Charlotte. His college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill led him and a group of friends to start North Tower, which they named after a dormitory on the UNC campus. He’s been an instrumental part of the group ever since. Bob currently resides with his wife and 5 children just outside of Raleigh, NC.

John Currie
Fiddle, Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar
John Curry

Britt Hardy
Percussion
Britt Hardy headshot
Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, Britt grew up surrounded by music. His father, Steve Hardy, has had a radio program for over 37 years.

Britt has played on the North Carolina music scene for over 20 years in such bands as North Tower, Ginger Wood band, and is currently a member of the Emerald Isle based band, Pure T Mommicked.

Mark Hibbs
Guitars
Mark Hibbs headshot

Mark Hibbs, a veteran guitarist, bassist and vocalist of the eastern North Carolina bar band scene since the mid-1980s, currently fronts the Morehead City based four-piece classic rock group Kicking Machine, formerly Deja Groove, and is bassist in the Emerald Isle-based modern rock band Pure T Mommicked.

Mark has played guitar in bands such as Truth, Burning Blue and the Funatics and did a three-year stint as bassist for the Everyday’s Monday blues and soul review. Mark’s current focus is composing and recording original material for his band Kicking Machine.

Mark also works as a journalist and photographer with The Carteret County News-Times in Morehead City, North Carolina. He is married to Victoria Hibbs and has one son, Robert.

Jeff Jablonski
Double Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar
Jeff Jablonski HeadshotGrowing up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., Jeff first picked up a bass in 1984, playing rockabilly and oldies with friends in local DC basements, garages, and eventually clubs. Jeff picked up the upright bass during college where he enjoyed playing with a quartet in the underground Virginia Tech WUVT college radio scene.

After aerospace engineering studies were complete, relocation to Eastern NC saw several musical projects, including being a founding member of regional alternative rock band Pure T Mommicked and the folk/soul sounds of the Ginger Wood band. Jeff currently plays with M4M founder, Ginger, in both folk duo performances as well as blues endeavors in regional eastern North Carolina.

Two wonderful children later and now Jeff joins the M4M project as he continues to pursue his dual interests of music and flight.

Grady Lowder
Guitars
Grady Lowder
Grady Lowder is a longtime guitarist and vocalist from the Newport NC area. A native North Carolinian, Grady moved to Virginia for his father's job where he picked up the guitar in 1964. His love for music began with the Stones and the Beetles, and since then Grady has played a wide variety of genres - from country to rock to blues.

Grady has played with many different bands in the eastern NC area, and continues to hone his craft by joining M4M this season. Grady describes music as a first love, along with flying, surfing, and fishing - loves he was introduced through his father and uncle, also pilots and lovers of music.

In addition to his current contribution to M4M, Grady's latest aspiration is to use his abilities as a dually trained machinist/mechanic and pilot to serve others as a missionary.

Chris McNally
Saxophone

Mike Pearce
Photography
Mike Pearce, PhotographerMike Pearce, a native of Winston-Salem, has been a resident of the Crystal Coast since 2005. He lives in Hubert with his wife and two daughters, his favorite photography subjects. When he’s not shooting a performance or the lovely scenery of his adpoted hometown, you can find Mike at Lowe’s Home Improvement, where he just might sell you a custom window or door.   

Laura Pittman
Piano, Keyboard, Organ

Tony Ray
Piano, Keyboard
Tony Ray
Tony first started in music at age 9 taking piano lessons. He developed an interest for jazz in high school, and played the baritone sax in the stage band. Later Tony switched to piano and joined the “Venturas” pop band at age 16, while still in high school, playing local clubs in Greensboro area.

After an education at North Carolina State University, where he played in the stage and marching Bands, he played piano or sax occasionally in college jazz and big band groups in the Raleigh area. Tony also spent six years in the 440th Army Band (Reserves) Tony played in marching & stage bands.

Tony is a veteran pianist and keyboard player, with over 21 years of experience playing in various Top 40 and Beach Bands (1973-1994).

Tony is also a studio musician, playing for local studios in the Winston-Salem, Greensboro Are in radio & tv commercials from 1986 through 1989.

In 2001, Tony started Blue Moon Jazz with former members of “Stardust", whom he continues to play with almost 10 years later.

Tony's Influences (piano & organ) include Johnnie Johnson, Professor “Long Hair”,  Joe “Fingers” Carr, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles. Horace Silver, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, Keith Emerson, Vince Guraldi, and Walt Wanderly.

Beth Reed
Vocals, Piano
Beth Reed
Born in Hershey, PA, Beth began entertaining audiences at the age of 9.  Despite becoming an accomplished classical pianist, her real passion was for singing and performing pop and show tunes, which she began doing professionally at age 16. 

She later married drummer, Doug Reed, and continued to perform now as a duet in various venues, but resorted to teaching piano and musical theater classes through the years of raising children.

Since relocating to eastern NC, Beth once again shares her passion of performing with various audiences and other talented musicians.



Sine Nomine Singers/Joyful Band of Singers

Sine Nominee Singers
Chamber Choir
The Sine Nomine Singers was formed by Music Director Finley Woolston to perform at a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society in Greenville, North Carolina in October, 2004.  The original members of the mixed voice chamber choir were either trained musicians or very high caliber amateur singers from throughout eastern North Carolina.  Since that first concert, the ensemble has appeared at numerous other charity and community events.  Membership is by invitation only from the Music Director and varies according the requirements of a particular engagement.  The high standards established from the beginning, both in abilities of the singers and performance of the music, continue to be hallmarks of the ensemble.  The name Sine Nomine Singers, a mix of Latin and English, means "No Name Singers."  This name was chosen after long, spirited, and unsuccessful discussion to find a name for the group.

Sopranos
Tana Porter
Sue Franck
Deann McElmon
Jean Hagger

Altos
Mary Helen Casey
Marquita Capparuccia
Ginger Garner
Olivia Taylor
Johanna Odell
Michelle Kane

Tenors
Sean Capparuccia
Joe Stroud
George Hirasawa
Finley Woolston (Director)

Bass
Bruce Atkinson
Jerry Willer
Mike Power
Lewis Moore

 


 

 

 

 

 
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M4M operates through 501(c)(3) organizations who support maternal and child health in Haiti.
    M4M and Haiti Initiative is staffed entirely by volunteers, which means M4M and HIS Mission Events donate 100% of ALL PROCEEDS to children and maternal health in Haiti.