In our “Where Are They Now?” series, we catch up with former students who participated in the Music Will modern band program. We are excited to reconnect with Yancy Garcia, a talented musician known by her fans as Yancyabril, hailing from New York. Her journey in music is an inspiring testament to the lasting impact of music education.
Beginning in 2008, Yancyabril participated in the Music Will program for seven years, attending P.S. 98 and P.S. 52 schools in New York City. During her time in the program, she was fortunate to have the guidance and mentorship of Ms. Edwards and Mr. Moore, her modern band teachers who left a lasting impact during her studies. Ms. Edwards stood out as the teacher who had a profound impact throughout her journey. She pushed Yancy to reach her full potential, believing in her abilities and instilling the confidence needed to pursue her passion for music.
One cherished memory stands out vividly in Yancy’s mind, where she and her fellow students crafted and performed a compelling song centered around the theme of saving the planet. This collaborative experience not only showcased her talent but also highlighted the power of music to inspire change and foster teamwork.
Reflecting on the profound impact of the program on her personal growth, Yancy emphasizes the invaluable lesson of embracing one’s true self. She candidly shares, “I had always struggled with insecurities about my personality and sense of identity… but thanks to the program, I learned to embrace who I truly am and be unapologetically myself.” Through her involvement in the Music Will program, she discovered her unwavering passion for music, an undeniable calling that has shaped her artistic journey. Additionally, the tools of discipline and focus she learned during her time in the program have been instrumental in her personal and professional growth.
Since her time in Music Will’s modern band program, Yancyabril has achieved remarkable milestones. She proudly graduated from Purchase College as an Ella Fitzgerald Scholar, an honor determined by a student’s artistic strength and personal work ethic. Yancy has also been a part of The Woodshed network program with Dee Dee Bridgewater, served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, embarked on a mini tour for her second EP, received a $10,000 grant, and even made it to the Top 8 on The Voice Dominicana!
Yancyabril’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of music education. From her early days in the Music Will program to her current accomplishments, her story exemplifies how music can spark inspiration and shape lives. Her dedication, talent, and unwavering passion for music continue to inspire others to pursue their dreams. Music will forever be an integral part of Yancyabril’s life, and her journey serves as a shining example of the profound impact that music can have on individuals and communities alike.
You can learn more about Yancyabril by watching the video below, and check out her music on her website. https://linktr.ee/yancyabril