MORRISTOWN, NJ - John Denver once said that music brings people together. The community is invited to come together for Morristown resident Tim Long and his wife JJ for a night of music. The benefit concert, presented by the Original Music School, aims to offset the huge medical expenses incurred. The "Part of the Family" benefit concert  will take place Saturday February 27 at the Morris Plains VFW (45 Tabor Road) from 1- 5pm. 

Last year Long was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 58. He underwent surgery and has been participating in extensive and varied treatments ever since. Although his prognosis is good, Long has physical limitations from the surgery and has been unable to return to work. 

"The Original Music School teaches music, but it's not about music", said  Anthony Vitale, Founder and OMS president. "It's about self discovery, confidence through accomplishment and giving back to the world in which we live.
 
 
Over 200 people have given back and donated to a gofundme page in Tim's name, raising over $33,000, however, the out-of-pocket expenses continue to mount. An anonymous sponsor, will match dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000) what is raised at the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. 
 
"Tim is doing everything within his power to further the healing process, and as we provide unconditional love and support, we hope you will join us in supporting him", wrote Tanya Long. "Every dollar makes a difference"
 
Come enjoy music, food, dancing and a basket raffle.  Donations were made by The Committed Pig, London Hair Salon and Spa, Blimpie/Cold Stone Creamery, as well as friends and family members.
 
To support Tim and JJ Long, visit www.originalmusicschool.com
 
 

The Original Music School has volunteered their time, talent and music for the event. Attendees will hear music from:

Emmi Long, who has participated in Morristown's Got Talent and  gigs around the tri-state area and she stuck out as the star she is in OMS' reality show, "Shut Up and Play."  Emmi's great energy jumps from the screen and the stage and her voice is the only thing big enough to match it!  You do not want to miss her show!

Probably Not is made up of high school aged kids from Morristown and Mendham.  Their music is a pop blend with influences ranging from old soul, new punk and even some 90's funk depending on the song.  This blend would be confusing for many bands but they are led by Sage, who sings with a voice beyond her years.  She is backed by a muscular band with solid grooves and great solos.
 
The EyeRonics is a group of middle-school musicians from Livingston, Morristown and Mendham.  They have a definite cute factor but don't let their small stature fool you.  They bring it hard as the whole ensemble easily swap instruments and love to solo on guitar, sax, trumpet, piano and more. They will take you on a great musical journey by visiting reggae, funk, blues and dance music and pop!  

Jackie Rhoades is an alternative pop singer with an amazing stage presence.  Her songs are at times all out raging dance fun that dare you to try to sit still, then she will sing the sweetest ode that will silence the room so that a pin drop will be startling.  She has a way with a story and a melody and her arrangements are equally strong and entertaining.

Dr Scientist is the mastermind of Trevor O'Connor.  They call their music alternative pop but that is a disservice to the music  You will easily hear elements of pop, rock and even country music's greatest icons woven into their tapestry of guitar effects, driving drums and bass grooves and Trevor's inimitable vocal fireworks.Their songs are at once funny and sad, captivating yet liberating, and always entertaining.  To add to this talent is Trevor's remarkably comfortable stage presence that makes the biggest hall feel like their putting on a show in their living room.
 
There will also be several OMS students getting onstage for their first time, performing popular songs from their voice and instrument classes.