TALLADEGA -- Music is the gateway to the soul, and this past Friday night, Jerry Robbins from Shelby County brought both his music and his soul to the campus of the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega.  

In back-to-back mini concerts shared on Facebook Live, Robbins played his saxophone and brought much joy to both children and adults.

He started off the evening at the Weatherly Courtyard playing for children and families living at the Presbyterian Home while they relaxed on the grass and enjoyed pizza. 

Robbins wrapped up the evening at Union Village, a supportive housing community developed by the Home and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind for blind and deaf adults. He was joined on the keyboard by Jerrel Davidson, a resident of Union Village. 

Doug Marshall, president of the Presbyterian Home for Children, brought Robbins to Talladega after seeing him play the sax on Facebook Live in the evenings over the last month or so in Robbins’ neighborhood in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.  

Marshall and Robbins first became friends when their sons attended high school together years ago in Alabaster. 

"I approached Jerry about coming to Talladega with ‘a little feel good’ for our residents at the Home and Union Village, and he was all about it,” Marshall said. “Everyone at both concerts really seemed to enjoy the evening while singing and swaying along.”