May 11, 2016 A benefit concert at The Capitol Theatre on April 8 brought awareness to teen mental health issues and suicide prevention that has hit close to home. The community came together for this important cause to support programs and education for this healthcare crisis.
Eighteen years ago, Donna and Phillip Satow's son Jed, a twenty-year-old college student, took his own life. Our lives changed forever, said his father. Sad enough are the suicides of Armonk’s Miles Applebaum, and Jed Satow, which are not isolated incidents. Among 20 million college students, suicide remains the second leading cause of death. More than 30 percent of students say they are too depressed to get out of bed and have trouble functioning.
The Satow family began the Jed Foundation to promote emotional health and to prevent suicide among college and university students. The development of a mental health safety net should be a priority for all higher education institutions, said Satow. Treatment alone is inadequate, and prevention is an equal requirement. In the past fifteen years, the transformation of suicide policies and attitudes occurred with 1,600 colleges utilizing the JED program resources; last year, 30,000 students took the anonymous screening program. The program helps with the transition from high school to college, and promises to assure a healthier college experience and a more positive impact on students’ well being.
Everyone knows a teen or young adult who struggles with depression. Everyone agrees that we need to talk about this mental health issue that is affecting an increasing number of young adults.
Charlie Lagond, co-founder of Lagond Music School, said many young people have found a special identity in music. "Sometimes a calm surface can obscure the turbulence that lies beneath,” he said. “We hope that our dedication and love of music will create a safe haven for many who are afflicted with depression or similar mental health afflictions. Just like was done with breast cancer, when you start talking about things, it makes people aware. When people are aware, they really want to help. Mental health has always been a stigma that we were afraid of because enough is not known. The more we talk about it, the more we'll know about it. It might be the person next door or the person in the next room. With more and more people touched by this, we have to not be afraid. We can help by listening and not judging.” He's seen too many students who either suffer from depression or, like Miles, take their own lives.
Funds of $37,500 were raised at the sold-out musical event. The funds went toward scholarships for young people at the Lagond School of Music. Lagond presented Jason Maguire, a bass player and senior at Ossining High School, with a scholarship in memory of his brother. John Gillisbie, a guitarist and freshman at Hastings High School, was awarded with the Miles Applebaum Scholarship to the Lagond Music School.
"I'm going to work as hard as I can because being a musician is always what I wanted to do," said Gillisbie. Donna Gillisbie feels blessed as she says this will be life changing for her son to help him move in a good direction. When he was younger he started with piano, then went to alto sax, and has grown to playing the guitar in a short time. The Gillisbies also have suicide in their family: her husband and nephew. She says, “We share in the Applebaum's heartache.”
Years ago, when attending H.C. Crittenden Middle School, the members of the teen band Back Slash knew how to play only two songs: “My Doorbell” by the White Stripes and “Five Fifteen” by The Who. "Our glory moment, or not, was the 8th Grade Variety Show," said Timmy Gallagher, Byram Hills graduate of 2011. "We wanted to play ‘Five Fifteen’ by The Who. We practiced so hard, it's a great song, but a few days before the show, word got out and the lyrics were deemed inappropriate.” With Jeff March on Bass, Zander Weiss singing, Miles Applebaum on guitar and Gallagher on drums, the rehearsals were hilarious, according to Gallagher. “‘My Doorbell’ was a random departure, but Miles really liked the song so he said, ‘Hey, let's do this,’ and it was easy to learn. We threw it together, but we were pissed that we weren't allowed to do The Who. We didn't play too much as a band after that until the summer of junior year when we started to play locally together again and continued for a few summers. We had a good crew with a lot of Miles’ friends from Lagond Music School. Many of them are working on their own music and still immersed in the music world.”
The Applebaum family said, “Although the first ‘Music and Miles, Changing Minds’ event has concluded, our mission continues. So please visit: www.musicandmiles.org for resources and support.”
Make A Difference With Music for Miles
March 20, 2016 The Applebaum family have invited the community to the rescheduled benefit reception and concert in tribute to Miles Applebaum on Friday April 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. “The evening will provide educational awareness about mental health that will go a long way to help end stigma of our youth and young adults who struggle many times in painful silence,” says the Applebaum family. The event will include live music, gourmet tastings, a silent auction and raffle items. Band members from the funk band, Lettuce will be doing a "meet and greet" at Garcia's located in The Capitol Theatre prior to performing that evening.
The money raised will go towards the first music scholarship at the Lagond Music School for a student whose passion is to pursue performance in the way that Miles did throughout his high school and college years. The scholarship will be presented on the 8th along with introductions from the founders of The Jed Foundation, a national organization that promotes mental health in high schools and on college campuses.
Many of you may have already purchased a ticket, but if not, tickets are still available. If you can't attend, please browse the website: musicandmiles.org for more information on how to participate.
The Applebaums express much gratitude to continue the conversation that may touch the life of someone you know, or someone you may meet which may make a difference.
Weather Postpones Music and Miles Benefit
Updated January 23, 2016 Join the fundraiser in memory of Miles Applebaum to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention among young adults on Friday April 8, 2016.
Due to the severe weather conditions expected in the Port Chester area on Saturday January 23, the Capital Theater, Lettuce, and the Music and Miles benefit reception will be postponed and rescheduled for Friday April 8, 2016.
Tickets for the postponed performance will be honored on the new date. Refunds are available at the place of purchase, or by calling Ticketfly at 1-877-435-9849.
“There's no better way to celebrate Miles than through his passion for music and as a reminder of how much he truly loved being surrounded by family and friends,” says Shari Applebaum, Mile’s mother. “It means the world to me for people to attend the event on January 23 to help bring positive change on a timely issue of mental health for our youth and young adults who struggle with its challenges.”
Tickets are on sale now for the reception that starts at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre at 149 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester. The tickets include a pre-show benefit appearance by members of the funk band Lettuce, an open bar, light gourmet food, a silent auction, live music by Lagond Music School faculty and students, and an 8:00 p.m. classic funk concert with Lettuce.
The reception tickets are $125 for general admission and $200 for the reserved loge. All proceeds equally benefit the JED Foundation and The Miles Applebaum Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased at ticketfly.com, by calling 1-877-987-6487 or at the box office at the Capitol Theatre.
"The fund raiser is a perfect way for people to keep Miles' memory alive with the Miles Applebaum Scholarship Fund -- which will provide disadvantated aspriring musicians an opportunity to ignite their musical passion at the Lagond Music School where Miles received his training," says Shari Applebaum.
The Miles Applebaum Music Scholarship Fund at Lagond Music School was established to honor Miles Applebaum, a soft spoken and talented 21-year old jazz guitarist from Armonk.
"The benfit is also a natural fit to partner with The JED Foundation, a prominent organization whose main focus is to promote emotional health and suicide prevention among college students," added Shari.
Please take a moment to learn more about suicide prevention and mental health resource at The Jed Foundation.
October 5, 2014 Friends, relatives and neighbors of Miles Applebaum gathered quietly at the Congregation B’nai Yisreal in Armonk on Sunday to pay respects and say goodbye to the young man whose life ended much too soon.
Miles Applebaum was known for his soaring music, passionate poetry, and sweet smiles. He had touched everyone who attended the funeral service on Sunday morning including family, teammates from the Byram Hills track team, and classmates from Byram Hills, the Lagond School of Music, and Temple University, his host family
from his semester aboard in Amsterdam, as well as fellow patients from the rehab center where he recently spent some time.
Miles’ compassion impressed so many people. There were eulogies from his mother Shari, his father Ed, his brother Max, sister Hannah, and grandparents and aunt. Friends also told stories about an extraordinary young man, a young gentle man with an unique sense of humor and a wonderful grin. A man with a caring and sensitive soul who was always looking to see how he could help others. Miles' poetry was read, and some of his music was performed. It was a magnificent service despite the sorrowful circumstances.
Miles was a avid jazz musician, influenced by his father and grandfather. After a semester abroad in Amsterdam, Miles took a medical leave of absence from Temple University's music school, where he studied on a scholarship. He recently studied and worked at the Lagond School of Music. Charlie Lagond said he had never seen a more dedicated student.
When one of Miles’ Byram Hills track teammates, Jamie Love, passed away, Miles was distraught. In addition, during his junior year at Temple University, Miles studied abroad in Amsterdam. He stayed with a Dutch family and during his visit, the father of the family died suddenly from natural causes and it was Miles who discovered his body in the shower. The family was devastated. They asked Miles to stay with them while they coped with the situation. Miles returned home depressed and was unable to return to school. He took a medical leave of absence from Temple University.
In April, Miles tried to jump off the Tappan Zee Bridge. Several men were able to rescue him and pull him back from over the railing. After that Miles went into a rehab clinic to treat his depression and his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Miles’ body was discovered at the Geizer Preserve in Chappaqua on Thursday after he had been missing for four days. The Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office has not realesed the cause of death yet.
Miles’ inspiration will be greatly missed. A fellow Lagond Student said, “Save a spot for me and all your friends from the Lagond Music School family in the most epic monster jam in the sky.”
Miles’ father, Ed Applebaum asks us all to please remember Miles, and to honor him and celebrate his spirit, the better you are, “to always act with thoughtful kindness and love to all of those you touch in your lives.”
Some of Miles' gigs were videod and can be watched on YouTube.
Loss of Miles Applebaum Deeply Felt by Community
October 3, 2014
Perhaps Inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, on February 14, 2014, Miles tweeted, “Going Home to Armonk Town Climbing a stair-case of gold looking for something to hold. Gonna spark a flame. Gonna play my guitar.”
The funeral services for Miles Applebaum will be held on Sunday October 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation B'nai Yisrael, 2 Banksville Road, Armonk.
Donations in memory of Miles may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or to the Lagond Music School.
On October 2, the New Castle Police Department reported that a body was discovered in Chappaqua’s Glazier Preserve on Thursday night at about 6:00 p.m. by a New York Ranger. The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the identity of Miles and says test results pending further information will take approximately three months.
Search for Miles Applebaum, Missing 3 Days, Continues
October 2, 2014 The search continues for Miles Applebaum, 21, who went missing after he left his home for work on Monday morning September 29. Miles’ car, a Volvo sedan, was discovered early Wednesday evening by a woman who was walking her dog in the secluded area of Chappaqua's Glazier Arboretum near the Armonk border.
A thorough search for Miles continues in Chappaqua where the car was abandoned. The North Castle Police Detective Division is investigating the case, working with the New Castle Police, and the Applebaum family. Dogs have been brought in to track him from the scent of the car. A helicopter was reported circling in the Whippoorwill Park area starting at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The search continued until about 11:30 p.m. and circled again early this morning.
Miles had taken a leave of absence from Temple University. He has been working at the Lagond School of Music, where he was a student for a few years. He is an avid jazz guitarist. He also volunteers at the Greenburgh Nature Center.
On Tuesday evening, Shari Applebaum wrote a letter to her son's circle of friends asking them for help to find Miles. The letter was posted on Miles’ Facebook page and went viral. Friends, family and community members from a wide area showed concern and spread the word further through social media.
On Wednesday night, the Applebaum family thanked everyone for the outpouring of support and asked everybody to “keep praying for Miles.”
Young, Aspiring Musician Shares His Talent with Armonk By Natalie Pudalov
July 2, 2013 A recent graduate of Byram Hills High School and currently a student at Temple University, Miles Applebaum continues to pursue his aspirations of becoming a professional musician.
Miles began studying guitar in 2005 by taking private guitar lessons with established professionals. He also attended The Lagond School of Music in Elmsford during his junior and senior year of high school and took a challenging music theory class with Adam Shatraw, a music teacher and show director at Byram Hills High School. Miles is studying jazz at Temple and plans to receive his Bachelor of Music in 2015. As a member of two different bands as well as a freelance jazz guitarist, he pursues opportunities to learn and showcase his skills in his hometown of Armonk, whenever possible.
Miles has earned experience entertaining people of all ages as a solo guitarist at Beehive Restaurant and Quaker Ridge Country Club. In fact, he recently began to study dance, which complements his enthusiastic and fun style. As a member of two different bands, The Capricorn Trio and a larger funk group, Miles tailors his music for events and audiences. He emphasized that members of his band are not just talented, but they also provide “fun, danceable and exciting music spanning all genres: Latin, pop, jazz, rock and blues.” The Capricorn Trio and Miles himself are available this summer to play at children’s parties, bars, restaurants, and country clubs.
You can find Miles’s transcriptions, blog, and a schedule of his performances on his website MbaJazz.wordpress.com. On July 13, Miles and his funk/rock band are playing at MTK Tavern in Mt. Kisco. You can also contact him for private guitar lessons or an event consultation at Milesb3000@aol.com.
Miles is grateful to his parents and guitar teachers Mark Zarelli, Russ Defillippis and Avi Rothbard for encouraging him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. He would also like to recognize his teachers from Byram Hills High School and The Lagond School of Music for fostering his interest and love of the guitar.