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    Meet the Heroes

Celebrate Heroes

Bridge 3

We commit to celebrating the unsung heroes who selflessly place themselves on the frontlines of the pandemic, and recognize and honor the vital workers in our society who are often overlooked and left feeling unappreciated.

Continuing the conversation

The final chapter of this project involves a facilitated conversation around community issues. At a time when so many of us feel isolated and divided, this presents a rare opportunity to learn about the experiences, frustrations, and desires of diverse neighbors. Beyond Socratic discussion, heroes will reflect on priorities while listening to live music at one point.

“As hard as it has been, it would be a shame to write off this period as a wasted year,” reflected program director David Cutler. “The power of our music and visioning achieved something nobody else could. Learning from these amazing neighbors has left us inspired, energized, and optimistic about the future.”


As COVID-19 forced communities to shut down...

... some neighbors suddenly found themselves on the front lines of a public health disaster. Whether out of necessity or a sense of duty, these essential workers kept showing up, despite often little recognition and great personal risk. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

To recognize and better understand the challenges confronting these champions, the University of South Carolina School of Music is hosting Concert Truck Community Heroes. Pairing ten local heroes with ten music ensembles and ten composers, a series of public events and vignette videos will pay tribute while providing a better understanding of their sacrifice, courage, and determination.

Events take place on The Concert Truck, a mobile music venue that strengthens communities and fosters a more inclusive, empathetic world by redefining the modern concert hall and making classical music accessible to all.

Celebrating 10 Community Heroes 

with The Concert Truck

These community concert series celebrated 10 heroes whose courage and sacrifice has help get us through the pandemic. 


Click the images to watch the heroe's video

The Concert Truck concert locations:

10 a.m. March 24, 2021

Still Hopes Retirement Community
1 Still Hopes Drrive | West Columbia, SC 29169


Hero: Edward Langford
Speaker: Leroy Sims, UofSC Custodial Services
Ensemble: Lampyris Quartet and Shepard Piano Trio
UofSC Composer: Ryan Williams

2 p.m. March 24, 2021

NAMI South Carolina, Brawley Building
1735 St. Julian Place | Columbia, SC 29204


Hero: Deniece Chi, NAMI SC
Speaker: Bill Lindsey, NAMI SC
UofSC Ensemble: UofSC Percussion Ensemble
UofSC Composer: Michael Calamas

6 p.m. March  24, 2021

City Market
705 Gervais St. | Columbia, SC 29201


Hero: Greg Padgett, smallSUGAR
Speaker: Drew Hampton, Cypress Management Group
UofSC Ensemble: Westover Winds
UofSC Composer: Thomas Palmer

2pm March 25, 2021

Prisma Health Midlands Foundation
1600 Marion St. | Columbia, SC 29201


Hero: Ma Helena Tupas, Prisma Health
Speaker: Michelle Logan-Owens, McLeod Regional Medical Center
UofSC Ensemble: New Sounds String Quartet
UofSC  Composer: Rachelle Armstead

6 p.m. March 25, 2021

XPO Logistics
1941 Old Dunbar Road | West Columbia, SC 29172


Hero: Tim Glenn, XPO Logistics
Speaker: Chris Dimock, XPO Logistics
Paired Ensemble: Spark Collective
Paired Composer: Grace Shepard

10 a.m. March 26

Lexington Medical Center Serenity Garden
2720 Sunset Blvd. | West Columbia, SC 29169


Hero: Brenna Brucker, Lexington Medical Center
Speaker: Ricky Pyke, Lexington Medical Center
UofSC Ensemble: Bruits
UofSC Composer: Jesse Kaiser

2 p.m. March 26, 2021

Pontiac Elementary School
500 Spears Creek Church Road |  Elgin, SC 29045


Hero: Lisa Rayner, Pontiac Elementary School
Speaker: Marshalynn Franklin, Richland School District 2
UofSC Ensemble: Duende
UofSC Composer: Andrew Gretzinger

2 p.m. March 27, 2021

Boyd Plaza (in front of Columbia Museum of Art )
1515 Main St. | Columbia, SC 29201


Hero: Michaela Pilar Brown, 701 Center for Contemporary Art
Speaker: Lee Snelgrove, One Columbia
UofSC Ensemble: Shepard Piano
UofSC Composer: Alex Wroten

2 p.m. March 28, 2021

Lowes Foods of Forest Acres
4711 Forest Drive | Columbia, SC 29206


Hero: Kaitlin Dia, Lowes Foods of Forest Acres
Speaker: Rebecca Leach, SC Retail Association
UofSC Ensemble: Cor4
UofSC Composer: Hunter Vowell

6 p.m. March 28, 2021

First Responders Remembrance Memorial
1101 Lincoln St. | Columbia, SC 29201


Hero: Andrew Fowler, Richland County EMS
Speaker: Winta Adams, Richland County EMS
UofSC Ensemble: Left Bank Combo
UofSC Composer: Lucas Bohn

7 p.m. March 29, 2021

Univeristy of South Carolina Horseshoe
Columbia, SC 29201

Sponsored and presented by the University of South Carolina School of Music, this outdoor, socially distanced concert features multiple musical acts performing on The Concert Truck UofSC President Bob Caslen, and hero videos with accompaniment by UofSC musicians. 

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