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Life & Work with Tyrone A Parker, II

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyrone A Parker, II. Them and their team share their story with us below:

The TAP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created due to the dream of Tyrone A. Parker, II, a young man with a passion for drumming and producing music. Tyrone is the only son of Zelda Parker, a single mom who struggled to raise her son and provide him with the necessary resources to pursue his dream. Through many sacrifices, prayer, Godly determination, and the support of family and friends, Tyrone persevered. Despite the challenges, Tyrone graduated from Catonsville High School in 2012 and was accepted to Shenandoah University, where he thrived in the study of his life’s passion – MUSIC PRODUCTION. To pursue his dreams and chart his course, Tyrone pursued scholarships to assist in funding his education. During his pursuits, a dear friend offered to host an annual scholarship benefit concert with Tyrone at the helm, demonstrating his talent, which enabled Tyrone to continue his quest for his degree. On May 13, 2017, Tyrone received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shenandoah University. The manifestation of the dream further inspired Tyrone to continue to pay forward the support he received during his educational journey to support other students with similar educational resource challenges. This idea evolved into the Tyrone A. Parker, II (TAP) Foundation, along with family and friends’ talents.

The TAP Foundation was a financial resource and holistic support to Tyrone. Now, it is the bridge to help other students pursue their life’s dreams. Through the “It Takes A Village Concept,” Tyrone and Zelda’s family and friends assist in fundraising and additional financial support throughout the year to ensure that students like Tyrone meet and exceed their defined educational and life goals.

In 2016, the TAP Foundation board focused on giving back and awarded its first scholarships totaling $1,550.00 to three deserving Baltimore metropolitan area high school graduates to assist them in starting their college pursuits.

The annual TAP Benefit Concert features Tyrone A. Parker, II and Company, live performances, a silent auction, local vendors, and other entertainment. Based upon the funds raised throughout the year, we will continue to award scholarships to assist area students in beginning their dream of college education, just like Tyrone. To date, we have awarded over $15,000.00 in scholarships to students of single-parent households.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
No, it was not a smooth road. In college, I struggled to ensure that my mother and I could continue to keep up with the cost each year. We applied for scholarships, loans, and grants, and my mother also took on additional part-time employment to help offset the price so that we could keep the loan amount down. Once I graduated, I wondered how I could use my passion for music to provide for myself while making opportunities for others. Yes, I can; as God continues to provide, I have not looked back! Today, I continue using my foundation’s mission, “It Takes A Village Concept,” as I walk through my new journey.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a musician, and I work in audio and music production. I am an Audio Video and Lighting Director, serving multiple churches, schools, and venues throughout the DMV area. I own TAP Productions, where we provide the best for the very best in audio and visual needs. I own my studio, where I provide recording and rehearsal needs.

I am proud of the connections I have made through the years while working in the music industry. It gives me great joy to provide a service that makes the client happy and pleased with the final product. I continue to make a positive name for myself and satisfy the client by treating them the way I want to be treated, with respect, honesty, and in a Christian matter. What makes me stand out is that I try to tell a story in everything I do. I have developed a sound that fits my character.

What characteristic of yours would you give the most credit if you had to?
I am a very friendly person. I am always looking to learn more about my craft and am willing to share my knowledge with others.

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