Chad Bernstein was in the third grade when he discovered the power of music. He attended a performance by the school’s fifth-grade wind ensemble and was physically moved.
In 2008, while living in Miami, Bernstein turned his passion for music into an arts education and mentoring program called Guitars Over Guns. He believed young people could use music to make their lives better, and he focused on at-risk youth, helping redirect them from possible violence.
“Nobody is happy about the amount of people that are being killed by guns,” Bernstein says. “It’s really difficult in times like this to not feel strongly about the work we’re doing.”
On Thursday, one year after receiving $5,000 for his music mentorship organization on the Steve Harvey show, trombonist Chad Bernstein returned to discuss the growth and expansion of Guitars over Guns, which operates at Haven Studio in the basement of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago.
Chicago rapper Andre “Add-2” Daniels mentors the students, who compose music and learn production and engineering.
Watch the kids perform an original song, “Changes,” for Steve Harvey below. For more information about Guitars Over Guns, please click HERE.