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Bands Come From Afar For Concert Benefiting Autism

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Philadelphia-based band Toy Soldiers gets ready to jam at Artists for Autism.
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Philadelphia-based band Toy Soldiers gets ready to jam at Artists for Autism.

This weekend, musicians came together to raise money for a local program helping those with autism.

More than a dozen bands and solo performers converged at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax to play at Artists for Autism, a two-day benefit concert presented by Only About The Music. Toy Soldiers drove down from Philadelphia for Sunday's show.

When bandmember Dominic Billett isn't banging on the drums, he's teaching kids how to play them. He says one of the students he works with has autism.

"It's really fun to see him grow and using music as a growing tool and how I can communicate with him," Billett says.

Maria Camilo teaches young people with autism at Grafton Integrated Health Network's day school in Leesburg. Camilo says every case is different, but she's seen music have a positive impact on some students.

"I mean, I have a lot of kids that only spoke a few words at a time and it got them speaking in better sentences and fuller and helps with their memory," Camilo says.

Event organizers say the proceeds from the event will be donated to Grafton's music therapy program.

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