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Dueling pianos raise funds for Victory Christian School

Two guys, two grand pianos and plenty of music and humor will be on stage when the Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos perform at the Victory Christian School Winter Gala Fundraiser Thursday.

“All proceeds generated from ticket sales or just private donations are going back to the school, and those funds will help with general operating expenses associated with the school — alleviating kids’ tuition,” said Levi Taylor, who helps the school with its fundraisers.

Tickets for the show are $35 and are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Reiland Fine Arts Center at the University of Jamestown. The show begins there at 7 p.m.

About 30 children in preschool and kindergarten are enrolled at Victory Christian School, and only about half the school’s expenses are covered by tuition, Taylor said.

While the school had been doing smaller fundraisers throughout the year, it has recently shifted to having two larger fundraisers, intended to be annual events, Taylor said.

Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos is a Minneapolis-based duo featuring pianos but including vocals, guitar and other instruments as well.

“They’re a pretty well-known group,” Taylor said. “I had the privilege to hear them perform in Bismarck two years ago.”

The duo is entertaining, but their humor is also clean humor appropriate for middle-school-age kids and older, Taylor said.

The two pianists are David Charles Eichholz, who plays the piano, guitar, saxophone, harmonica and trumpet, among other instruments; and Ted Manderfeld, who plays piano and guitar, writes jingles and produces shows and albums.

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Kari Lucin

Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.

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