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. 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”.
September 27 Friday 7 PM – 10 PM
Zayne of Blue Spectrum plays My Bar 161
My Bar 161
3534 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Zayne brings his scorching guitar to My Bar 161. Enjoy great music and awesome stromboli.
October 2 Wednesday 4:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Zayne Harshaw of Blue Spectrum plays the Synergy Conference
Kalahari Resorts (Sandusky, OH)
7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Zayne brings his guitar skills back to Sandusky for the 2019 Synergy Conference
October 11 Friday 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Blue Spectrum Private Affair
The Lakes Golf & Country Club
6740 Worthington Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43082
October 12 Saturday 8 AM – 11 AM
Blue Spectrum plays the Best Buddies Friendship Walk
Land-Grant Brewing Company
424 W Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD). Since 2009, more than 150,000 participants in 60 cities have walked to raise awareness for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Funds raised at the walks help move our mission forward by funding local Best Buddies programs. Each walk provides a unique opportunity to see our mission in action at a local level. Every dollar raised goes towards making the world a more inclusive and accepting
October 12 Saturday 5 PM – 8 PM
Blue Spectrum Private Affair
Rocky Fork Country Club
5189 Clark State Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43230
October 15 Tuesday 5:30 PM – 8 PM
Zayne Harshaw of Blue Spectrum debuts in Philadelphia for DGDP
Courtyard Philadelphia Springfield
400 West Sproul Road, Springfield 19064
Zayne Harshaw of Blue Spectrum makes his first trip to Philadelphia for the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence whose mission is about transforming the lives of adults living with intellectual disabilities.
October 21 – October 23 9 AM – 5 PM
Zayne Harshaw of Blue Spectrum returns to the PAR Conference
Hilton Harrisburg Hotel (Harrisburg, PA)
1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
Zayne returns back to the Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resource conference as an invited artist for the third year in a row.