HOUSTON – What started as part of an after-school gathering for a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, turned into an inspiring musical project.
The local band, The HUBCAPS, was formed 5 years ago under the direction Ken Stueart.
Stueart has an ability to spot raw talent, and he certainly found it when he joined the faculty of The HUB Houston, a non-residential program supporting neurodiverse teenagers and young adults.
“This group always surprises me. When they are given challenges, they are willing to put in the work needed. Seeing that they have developed remarkable growth in their talents gives me joy that I have helped them to find what truly gives them happiness and that is the love of all music,” said the band director and faculty mentor.
HUBCAPS stands for Heard, Understood, Believed In, Community, Affiliation, Perseverance, & Strength.
“I have grown by collaborating with the band, by trying out different genres and songs, and also by coming out with originals for the band,” said lead singer, Sharp Conoly, who has been part of the band since 2016.
“It’s very exciting to perform alongside my friends. We get to do a lot of songs together,” he said.