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Joybox Express Ready To Roll: Mr. B Prepares To Hit The Road


WEMU's Michael Jewett sits down with Mr. B (Mark Braun) to talk about his efforts to traverse the length of the Missisippi River by piano bike to promote and increase access for children's arts and athletics programs in local communities all over the US.

  • Listen to the full interview, above.
Starting in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, the headwaters of the Mississippi, Mr. B and fellow musician riders plan to ride 2,000 miles reaching New Orleans in about 90 days. Along the way they will be hosted by cities, towns and villages where they will present community concerts as well as in-school music education programs to immerse students in the history of jazz and blues. Focusing on cycling, the Joybox physical activity programs will promote bike safety, skills and endurance-building programs. With Artrain’s guidance, communities will be encouraged to organize group fundraising Joybox Express ride-alongs for the novice or experienced rider – all with the intention of raising funds for local youth arts and athletic programs.


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Patrik is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and functions as the New Media/Social Media manager for 89.1 WEMU.
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