A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155:
Cary-Grove Student Plays in Band to Benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital
Crystal Lake – Cary-Grove freshman Matthew Jazwinski plays bass in a band that brings awareness and helps raise funds for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Matthew has been playing the bass guitar since he was eight-years-old and founded Pulsebeat in January 2014.
Matthew is a patient at the hospital, and it’s his way of giving back to the hospital where he has received life saving treatment.
“In September of 2013, I played my bass at a small event at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“A couple of months later, the hospital asked me to perform again, but this time for the Chicago Dance Marathon in March 2014.
“I asked if I could bring a group of friends that I had been working with as a band, and they said yes!
“That is how the band got started. We came up with the name Pulsebeat in honor of the ‘pulse beat’ and life saving work the hospital provides for thousands of children,” said Matthew Jazwinski, Cary-Grove freshman.
Pulsebeat has performed at over 40 fundraisers, festivals, and shows.
Most recently, the band was invited by Eric & Kathy of 101.9 the MIX, to play at their “Concert for the Kids” at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.
Pulsebeat opened for Colbie Caillat and Ben Rector on July 20, and they also opened for Gavin DeGraw on August 24 – two kick off events for the Eric & Kathy Radiothon that takes place in September.
“The fundraisers we play at helps kids like me, who need life saving treatment.
“I want to help raise money for those less fortunate than me. I can do this through my music, and with the help of my band mates. It feels really good to do this,” said Jazwinski.
The band practices for two to three hours every Saturday.
They play popular covers ranging from alternative to classic rock to the blues.
All the band members also write music.
Pulsebeat will debut its first original song at their next performance at the Barrington Rotary Fest on September 10.
After that, they will spend the year performing at college & high school dance marathons throughout the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas
“I know I’m making a difference through my music, and the more people I can reach – the better.”