Drumming up donations

By on May 9, 2018

Bobby D gives food insecurity a beatdown on Second Friday and beyond

Percussionist “Bobby D” Jones will be drumming up donations for Conestoga Valley Christian Community Center outside Lititz Music Co. on Second Friday, May 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.

“I’m calling it, ‘Returning to my Lititz Roots,’” jokes Jones, who formerly worked at Severn Trent here in town. He relocated a few years ago to serve as a shift lead operator for the City of Rockville, Md., Water Treatment Plant.

The spot in front of Lititz Music Co., formerly Ken’s Music, is a sacred one for Jones.

“Upon locating to Lititz, it was Ken who, upon learning I was a drummer, extended to me an open invitation to perform outside of his store whenever there was not a musician next door at Dosie Dough,” said Jones. “Amy of Dosie Dough who extended the same invitation.”

It wasn’t long before those appearances evolved into something more meaningful.

“The funny part is, I never thought about it. The collections all started because one Second Friday, a couple dropped a $10 bill in my case, followed by others,” Jones said. “I only wanted to play to share the music. The rest fell into place. I like to think, with the people I’ve been blessed to meet since that very first offering, has all been apart of the calling.”

“As a result of monthly and school performances, I was blessed to meet and interact with a great number of the Lititz citizens. It was during these performances I learned of the Warwick Community Chest,” Jones explained. “As a result, I begin to tell my growing audiences whatever funds they placed in my drum case would be donated to a local food bank or lunch program.”

His outreach also included “Hooked On Drums Not Drugs,” encouraging kids to use their talents to beat the lure of substance use.

Jones is quick to mention those who have helped him with his efforts over the years.

Drummer Bobby D Jones will be performing outside Lititz Music Co. on May 11, during Second Friday. He’ll also be accepting donations for a county food bank, and promoting FoodStock V.

“With the support and sponsorship of Weis Markets, Herr’s Snacks, and Darrel Weaver providing a trailer to haul everything, the collections continued to grow. With the blessing of the Lititz Borough, the Lititz Police, my sponsors at Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Drum Heads and Dream Cymbals, and The Lititz Record Express, the collections and the audiences grew. My overall drive and the message at hand — bringing awareness to hunger in our community.”

All funds and canned goods collected at Second Friday will benefit Conestoga Valley Christian Community Center (CVCCC). Jones chose them for a very specific reason.

“They have a program called Soles for Souls,” said Jones. “Here children of need are given a new pair of sneakers on the first day of school, along with the school supplies needed for their grade level. No questions asked.”

Ben Hartranft, owner of Lititz Music Co., is thrilled to have Jones back out front on Second Friday.

“Bobby D. will be performing contemporary jazz selections solo behind his drum kit along with per-recorded backing instrumental arrangements,” said Hartranft. “It promises to be an entertaining evening for all who attend. We’re looking forward to having such a pillar of the Lititz music scene perform in front of our shop. We’re happy to help promote his “FoodStock” initiative. It’s really great to see musicians giving back to the community.”


FoodStock PA is a local organization dedicated to fighting hunger through music and the arts.

According to Bobby D, FoodStock was born on the corner of South Broad Street and West Orange Street. It was there, he says, that he met fellow musician Tom Hayden, himself very involved in the Stamp Out Hunger program.

Together, with guitarist Todd Fulginiti, the trio formed FoodStock PA, with Hayden as president and founder.

“Todd and I wanted to grow our outreach efforts by recruiting bands and other musicians in a concert format,” said Jones. “The following year, we put on FoodStock I. Five years later, we are still going forward.”

This year’s FoodStock event will be held on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim on July 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We have a lineup of six bands, all with the intent of bringing the best musical performance the area has experienced,” said Jones. “The goal: using music to bring awareness to hunger in our community.”

Performing this year are Vinyl Groov, Hydroponic Philharmonic, Steel Radiance, the Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra, Rob Reese, and the Benjamin Vo Blues Band.

Tickets to FoodStock cost $25 each. All proceeds are donated. The recipient of this year’s FoodStock proceeds will be CVCCC. They have vast experience of going into the surrounding community and helping those in need. FoodStock’s mission is to help them to help others.”

To purchase tickets to FoodStock, or to learn more, visit foodstockpa.org.

Melissa Hunnefield is the features editor at the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments at mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.

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