ReelMusician sings while another plays guitar
Thursday, February 22, 2024


ReelMusician sings while another plays guitar
Thursday, February 22, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Schedule

7:00 PM: Doors

7:30-9:00 PM: Concert

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Event Overview

Celebrate music’s power to connect us, unite us, and lift us up at ReelMusic 2024, which showcases the talents of jazz, rock (and more!) musicians and performers who live with disabilities. ReelMusic 2024 will feature ReelMusicians from the past, new-to-the-Festival ReelMusicians, and our ReelMusic house band of Andrew Lienhard, Glen Ackerman, Kelly Dean, Eman Gilligan, and Arthur Gilligan.

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Kelly Dean
House Band
When not inspiring students as an Instrumental Music teacher at the Emery/Weiner School or serving on the faculty of The Summer Jazz Workshop, Kelly Dean can be found bringing his talent to major Houston stages alongside a list of globally-recognized artists.
Emmanuel Gilligan performs onstage at ReelMusic 2018
Emmanuel Gilligan
House Band
Eman Gilligan is a guitarist and prolific singer-songwriter who, along with his family band The Sundogs, plays throughout Houston. Shot in a robbery attempt nearly 10 years ago, he has not let a spinal cord injury stop him from continuing to share his powerful story and songs.
Andrew Lienhard
Andrew Lienhard
House Band
Andrew Lienhard is a pianist and software developer living in Houston, Texas. After graduating from HSPVA, he started touring with famed Blue Note saxophonist Ronnie Laws. He has since performed with Kirk Whalum, Joe Henderson, Hubert Laws, Doc Powell, Mindi Abair & many others.
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Arthur Gilligan
House Band
Arthur Gilligan received his education from various institutions,such as the Villa-Lobos School of Music, San Jacinto College, and The University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. He is also a performer and member of the DaCamera Young Artist Program and The Music Box Theater.
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Glen Ackerman
House Band
Glen Ackerman is a Houston-area bassist, composer, and educator. Additionally, he is an accomplished band leader, heading his own fusion jazz quintet.
Cesar and Miriam Tello
Cesar and Miriam Tello
Cesar and Miriam Tello met through their mutual love of music back in 2007 when Cesar, who is blind, was subbing as a keyboard teacher and Miriam was studying music at The CanZion Institute of Music in Pasadena, Texas.
Kyle Cousins
Kyle Cousins channels Freddie Mercury in Houston’s Queen Legacy tribute band, composes and performs his own music, and is a proud crew member at the nonPareil Institute of Houston. Visit Kyle’s Facebook to learn more about his upcoming March 13 performance.
Patrick Billette
Patrick Billette
Patrick Billette is a student at Lone Star College Tomball in the LIFEPath Program where he will earn his Occupational and Life Skills Associate (OLSA) degree in May. He began playing the violin when he was seven years old and saxophone at the age of 10.
The River Performance Troupe
The River Performance Troupe is a musical theatre performance group comprised of students of The River, Theatre Under The Stars’ school for students with disabilities and their siblings. Throughout the year, the Troupe performs at various events throughout the Houston community.
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Grace Fisher
Featured Artist/ Reel Music Collaborator
ReelAbilities 2024 Featured Artist and composer of the beautiful instrumental, “Midnight Moonlight”
Jamie smiles at the camera in glasses
Jamie Harberg
Native Houstonian Jamie Harberg is thrilled to be singing this year in ReelMusic! With her proud mom Karen as a Chair of this year’s Festival. Jamie lives in New Haven, CT., works at an area Walgreen’s where she undoubtedly lights up the lives of her co-workers and customers.
Travis Davidson
Travis Davidson
Travis Davidson (TX3, aka lil bag) knew he wanted to be rapper at the age of six. His journey to that dream came in an unexpected way when, in 2019, at the age of 24, he was hurt in a car accident that left him paralyzed.
Toni Hickman performs onstage at ReelMusic 2020
Toni Hickman
"We Are The Most Beautiful People"
Toni Hickman is a talented singer/songwriter and survivor of two brain aneurysms and a stroke. Her music, featured on Spotify, includes the memorable song, “Rising Phoenix,” currently featured in the ReelAbilities 2021 Netflix film of the same name.
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David Harris
"Enter Dancing"
David Harris decided to stay in Houston while touring with a band 42 years ago. He attended Swarthmore College, majoring in Classical Theory and Composition. He has played with jazz greats including Arnett Cobb and Don Cherry, and has composed more than 2,000 original pieces.
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Ernie Manouse
Executive Producer and Host, 11 Time Emmy Award Winner, Houston Public Media
Ernie joined Houston Public Media, as an anchor and producer in 1996. Over the years, in addition to his 11 Emmy Awards, Manouse has garnered five KATIE Awards, a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award, “Viewer’s Choice” recognition from multiple local and regional publications


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A night of jazz, rock and more featuring accomplished musicians with disabilities.
ReelMusician sings while another plays guitar