It was always Zayne Harshaw’s dream to have a band. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. When he was 14-years old, this self-taught guitarist would walk up to total strangers and ask them to be a member of his (at the time) non-existent band. At age 17, Zayne’s dream would become a reality on a snowy Saturday afternoon on January 19, 2013.
A Special Olympics teammate of many years joined as a rhythm guitarist. The autistic teen social group, Aspirations, which is held at the Nisonger Center at OSU, was where he met a bassist. The autistic teen social group held at Children’s Hospital would add a drummer. This foursome came together under the name of “Spectrum”.
The band name would eventually be changed to “Blue Spectrum” due to the “Spectrum” name itself being so prevalent and “Blue” being Zayne’s favorite color. The new name also brought new dimensions. Clarence Bowles would become the new drummer and most importantly, a mentor to help guide the band’s direction. A local blues jam introduced keyboardist, Amelia Rose, to the band. And the smooth vocalist, “Uncle Al” Jefferson, took over at bass. The Blue Spectrum family has since expanded to include saxophone extraordinaire, Clifford Marsh. But even with the changes, the message remained the same.
Together they share a deep love of creating and performing music and living the impassioned motto of Blue Spectrum: “Life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose”.
February 7 Friday 8 PM – 12 AM
Blue Spectrum debuts at The Depot Tavern
The Depot Tavern
9999 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell, Ohio 43065
All Abroad!!! Blue Spectrum pulls into The Depot Tavern for a great night of music.
February 22 Saturday 6 PM – 10 PM
Blue Spectrum plays Mardi Gras Prom for a Cause
Worthington Hills Country Club
920 Clubview Blvd S, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Join The Mother Ship for a night of dinner, dancing, fun, and fundraising; this year, featuring the music of Blue Spectrum! Prom Royalty will also be crowned. You won’t want to miss this special Mardi Gras themed event!
Prom for A Cause is The Mother Ship’s largest annual fundraiser allowing us to continue our mission of helping special needs caregivers take care of their needs, too.
Attire: Your most creative prom attire! Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras theme wear, tackiest 80’s, 90’s, or other dated dress, and old prom or bridesmaid dress, tuxedo t-shirts, or other creative attire.
Sponsorships are also available!
February 25 Tuesday 6 PM – 9 PM
Zayne of Blue Spectrum celebrates Fat Tuesday at J. Gumbo’s
J. Gumbo’s Delaware County
9 N Sandusky St, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Celebrating Fat Tuesday with the searing guitar sounds of Blue Spectrum’s Zayne Harshaw and the delicious Cajun and Creole dishes of J. Gumbo’s in Delaware County. Come on out!!!
February 28 Friday 7 PM – 10 PM
Zayne of Blue Spectrum plays My Bar 161
Zayne brings his scorching guitar to My Bar 161. Enjoy great music and awesome stromboli.
February 29 Saturday 7 PM – 10 PM
Zayne of Blue Spectrum returns to Tommy O’Bryans
Tommy O’Bryan’s Pub
8270 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43081
Zayne brings his searing guitar sound back to Tommy O’Bryan’s Pub for a fun night of music.