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Valencia, CA–– Remo and Ami Belli’s dedication and passion driving Remo, Inc. and the international Health Rhythms division has changed many lives. This dynamic partnership, dedicated to promoting the many positive benefits that music can have on the human condition, has been awarded the College of the Canyons Foundation (Valencia, CA) ‘Silver Spur’ Community Service Award for 2014.

Supporters of countless philanthropic endeavors, both locally and internationally, Remo and Ami believe passionately in the therapeutic value of using the drum as a tool for communication and personal expression; and the relationship between recreational music and high quality of life. They have partnered with educational institutions, healthcare providers and music therapy advocates including:  the American Music Therapy Association, Neuroscientist Barry Bittman, MD, UCLArts and Healing, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Planetree Hospital Affiliate Network to name a few. A number of applications for the drum have been illuminated that deliver significant health and social benefits including Remo’s ground breaking HealthRHYTHMS® Group Empowerment Drumming Program and HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol Program, which research has shown are highly cost-effective, engaging strategies that may strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and burnout rates, improve mood states, reduce anger and interpersonal problems, improve school/work role performance, and improve self-esteem and behavior toward others. 

“Remo and Ami have touched thousands of lives through music. Whether inspiring students and enabling them to express their creativity through sound, or healing minds and bodies with the therapeutic power of drumming, their dedication to improving the human condition has been felt around the world,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “The spirit of possibility and creativity inherent in music is embodied in the Silver Spur Award, so it makes the Belli’s particularly worthy of this honor.”

The 2014 Silver Spur Celebration – themed ‘Music and Medicine’ – took place Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 5th Floor Salon, located at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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