Entertainer/motivational speaker to visit Mansfield City Schools

Staff report

Mansfield City Schools, NECIC and the ROAR Community Connectors mentoring program are thrilled to welcome world percussionist, actor, tap dancer and motivational speaker Elec Simon for a week of music and inspiration. Diane Ottolenghi, NECIC/ROAR Program Coordinator states that In addition to programs with students from Malabar, Woodland, Sherman and Prospect Elementary schools, Simon will spend much of the week working with 50 middle school students in preparation of a school wide assembly for both middle and high school students at Senior High on March 24th. “The students are very excited to be a part of this event and so are the other Community Connectors partners,” she added.

Well known and deeply admired in the Mansfield community, Simon was a longtime cast member of the Broadway show “STOMP,” first in New York City and then on tour throughout the U.S. and South America.

Simon left the production after a decade to start his own touring company, “Elec Simon & Friends,” in honor of his best friend, Terry Ford, who committed suicide due to being bullied. Sharing his best friend’s story and accompanied by a full band, Simon spreads his anti-bullying message to schoolchildren in his “Life/Bullying” assemblies.

Utilizing his percussion talents and experience, Simon also hosts drum circles at state prisons and juvenile facilities, bringing all the inmates together through percussion and music.

Recently chosen to be a soloist for “Q Sticks” for the Cleveland Cavaliers home games, Simon was also the NBA’s choice to perform with the”Q Sticks” in Toronto Canada at the NBA All Star Weekend. Simon was also happy to be a part of “Quabelas” in Bahia Brazil, a project by his favorite percussionist and Stomp brother Marivaldo Dos Santos.

Simon has traveled all over the world and continues to tour, changing lives with his message and music.

Staff report