9-11 -- Bill presents his program on using music to
understand computers, math and science at the Pfizer Science and Math Jamboree
at Connecticut College
•March 2 - A group of LUNCH kids staff an information
table at the Hometown Fair at the Crystal Mall, letting the public know about
the various LUNCH events
•March 4 - Bill presents his workshop on lyric writing
at a meeting of the Connecticut Songwriters Association.
•March 10 - The Simsbury Public Library invites the
public to bring a can of food as the admission to Bill's family show. Boxes of
canned goods are collected and subsequently distributed to soup kitchens.
• March 30 - Bill and a group of LUNCH Kids present the
Keynote program for the second Young Writers Conference at Ridgefield
High School. These very talented kids show 300 third through fifth graders that
the power of words is more effective than violence.
• Apr 15 Bill receives the annual Award for
Significant Contribution to Education Through Music from the Connecticut
• April 17- The LUNCH kids are invited to join Bill at
Williams School in New London for a presentation.
• May 1 Bill is named one of 43 recipients of the
Community Service Award from the 60,000 member international Arts Council
• May 3 - Bill is the Artist in Residence for the day
at Sayles Elementary School in Baltic, CT.
• May 10 - A class of grades 4-6 from the Ledyard
Center School comes to the recording studio to make their contribution to the
new CD currently under production.
• May 16 Cindy Barry, Director of Stonington Youth
Services, invites Bill and Dave Coxe to be a guest on her radio talk show,
Family Matters on WERI, Westerly.
• May 18 Thirteen LUNCH Kids join Bill to provide the
opening act for the Steve Chapin Band at a benefit concert in Mystic. On
behalf of the kids, Jackie Schwenk presents Steve with a $1,000 donation from
LUNCH to World Hunger Year.
• May 30 A front page article in the Norwich Bulletin's
regional section features Kara Watts, Julie Michael, Michelle Lane, Caitlin
Reiter, and Amanda Carpenter as they talk about the fun and rewarding aspects of
community service through music with LUNCH
• June 21 It's a Music, Math and Science presentation,
as written up in the New York Times, to give the kids at Fitch Middle
School a memorable end-of-the-year program.
• June 23 A group of kids from the Noank Baptist Church
comes to the studio for a recording session. Returning for her second time is
Jennifer Kanyok, along with several first time participants. Daniel Desjardin, a
fan of the LUNCH recordings for many years, gets a chance to participate in one.
• June 26 As State Troubadour, Bill is asked to write
and perform a song for the ceremony unveiling the John Mason statue in its new
location in Windsor.
• June 29 Les Julian, Nancy Tucker, and other LUNCH
performers put on a concert at the Connecticut Store in Waterbury to celebrate
the new display of recordings by CSA artists. All the LUNCH recordings are
available at the store.
• July 11 Connecticut Commission on the Arts invites
Bill to present a workshop for teachers on using the Arts in Multi-discipline
• July 7-13 Fifty kids , Grades 3-6 work with Bill at
Camp Wightman to learn songs from the LUNCH CD's and to present a show for
parents and friends. Helping out as performers and music camp assistants were
Kara Watts, Michelle Lane, Caitlin Reiter, Dave Coxe, Julie Michael, and Clare
• Aug 18 The first New Haven Pound Pals Festival to
help homeless animals sees Kathleen Boyle, Shauna-Beth Mandelburg, Jenell &
Lacrisha Evans, Kara Watts, Michelle Lane, Caitlin Reiter, and Dave Coxe perform
with Bill and the band "State of Being". Kay joins the group for the first time.
•Aug 30 - Bill presents a program on integrating the
arts and sciences to a group of teachers from the Stamford school district.
• October 29 Kathleen Boyle, Michelle Lane and Dave
Coxe appear with Bill Pere and Tom Callinan on TV Channel 3 morning news at 6
am. That same night, The entire LUNCH ensemble performs at the Garde Arts
Center in New London with all of the Connecticut State Troubadours.