Aren't there enough versions of Jingle Bells already? We don't think so! The Fulginiti Family Band is proud to announce the release of our first annual holiday single- Jingle Bells. This year, all proceeds are going to Music For Everyone, a Lancaster area non-profit that funds local, school music programs. Price is “pay-what-you-want”. We’re hoping you’re in the holiday-giving mood.
There are several ways to purchase the track, including right here at www.toddfulginiti.com
We have received several MFE grants in the school district where I teach, and both of my kids have benefitted from grants as well at the schools they grew up attending. Music For Everyone is an extremely well-run group who makes the most of their opportunity to make our community better. They aren’t focused just on schools though. If you’ve ever banged out a few notes on one of Lancaster’s outdoor pianos, you can thank Music For Everyone. They really do mean music for everyone.
The story of our Jingle Bell fund raiser track starts back in the spring when we were planning out a Family Band recording session for the summer. The Family Band is my daughter Bailey (vocals), daughter Ally (vocals, guitar, percussion), Bailey’s boyfriend Tom (bass) and myself (trumpet, percussion, vocals). The original idea was to do 3-4 Christmas songs and release a mini-EP. Then we got invited to play our friends wedding, plus a few other gigs and before we knew it- the recording session was on us and we hadn’t worked out any of the Christmas arrangements we had talked about.
So we changed plans, scrapped the Christmas idea and went into the studio to record something we were playing lot of at the time- old time country songs. (Those will be probably be released this summer with proceeds going to another organization.)
Bailey was bummed that we had scrapped the Christmas tunes, and while in the studio, suggested we try a jazzy version of Jingle Bells. Ally was outside taking a break, so Tom and I messed around with a Latin feel in the verses, switching to swing for the choruses. We were going to give it 10 minutes and see if it went anywhere. If so, we’d get Ally to add the guitar. If not, we’d scrap it and just stick with the country tunes.
The first take went well. We ran another take, and after listening to it, decided to skip the guitar and go chord free. Ally added the jingle bells instead and we stopped there. The track has a pretty open sound that lets the bass line and melody weave around each other over top of the cajon and jingle bell rhythms.
The Fulginiti Family Band is planning to release one single over the summer and one over the holidays, each year. Every release is going to be designated for a Lancaster area non-profit and all proceeds will go to them.
So please help us build community and strengthen local music programs by buying our Jingle Bells track, and tell your friends to do the same!