Hello my dear friends. Please enjoy this gorgeous weather we are having. This week I want to focus on a couple of musicians, who are Baltimore’s own and manybelieve they are no longer performing or using the gifts God gave them. So not true!

Many of you may or may not remember Gaynell Colburn, percussionist. You very rarely hear musicians speak her name in the clubs or night circuit and that is because she’s been touring the country for many years; with the last few spent caring for her mother, from her wheelchair, until her mom died.

Gaynell Colburn is not only a powerful motivational speaker, but a gifted musician. She blends music and motivation to empower youth with the belief they can rise above adversity to achieve excellence. She is a great concert percussionist; a dynamic entertainer, beautiful and vibrant, singing powerful songs for the heart.

When she is not singing and playing her High-Tech, electronic Congas, Colburn has developed more than six national health- and wellness-based programs focusing on youth and communities at risk including the elderly. Her presentations are both motivational and educational. Her topics such as substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, health and wellness, disability awareness and much more have helped so many. Colburn’s motivation for these programs stem from her tragic childhood and being a victim of an alcohol-related automobile crash over 20 years ago, which left her wheelchair bound.

Ms. Colburn is a master in Latin percussions and a programmer of computerized music and has been playing and singing professionally since she was 12 years old. Today, Gaynell Colburn is living in Baltimore and is available for concerts and for bookings for church, schools and special events as a world-class motivational speaker. For more information email tbhoward1@aol.com.

Dennis Chambers, is another of Baltimore’s own who has been traveling around the world and making a name for himself. I turned on the television last week and there he was, Dennis Chambers, on his drums, in concert with Carlos Santana. He is such a gifted musician. He has become well-known among drummers for his impressive technique and speed. Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play “in the pocket” but can also stretch very far out of the pocket which is also a hallmark of his technique. He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster Jr.

Chambers began drumming at age 4, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by 6. In 1978 at 18, he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985. In the early 1990s he joined the John Scofield band. Since then he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music.

Chambers has been part of the Maceo Parker live band and is touring with Carlos Santana and makes appearances with his band Niacin. His home base is still in Baltimore.

Before leaving you, I have some sad news, Elizabeth Day, renowned concert pianist and teacher, passed away last week after being in a one car accident. Ms. Day was 91 years old. Funeral arrangements hadn’t been completed at press-time.

Elizabeth Day was a member and former organist of Knox Presbyterian Church.

She was also a member of Early Music of Northern Maryland; Retired Teachers Association of Baltimore County; Older Adult Ministry of Baltimore Presbytery, and Iota Chapter, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority.

Mrs. Day lived alone and stayed very active in her front and backyard gardens. She did several concerts a month including jazz shows with her trio until her death. Members of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship send condolences to her family and know she will be truly missed.

Well my dear friends, this is it. I have to go. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.