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Music Boosters raise funds for education

Submitted photo Brandon Bondley, director of bands at Jamestown High School, rehearses for the upcoming "Gift of Music Concert."

From show tunes to gospel to rock, opera and classical instrumentals, the Jamestown Public Schools Music Boosters' annual concert and fundraiser aims to satisfy music lovers of all kinds.

"The Gift of Music" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jamestown High School auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students, including college students.

"The performers in the concert are all adults, community members. Some of them are using music as an avocation, and for others, it is a vocation," said Theresa McMillan, president of the Music Boosters.

So while band and choir directors and professionals will sing and play Rachmaninoff, Schubert or perform in an operatic style, dentists, elementary teachers and others will perform classical pieces, instrumental work and show tunes, gospel and more. Performers select their own pieces for their own reasons.

For example, JHS Band Director Brandon Bondley will play a Rachmaninoff vocal piece transcribed for the trumpet.

"I like how you can be very expressive with your phrasing and your tone quality," Bondley said, explaining that he had always wanted to play the arrangement but had never before had the opportunity.

"Music is a lifelong activity," said Cheryl McIntyre, chair of the JPS music department and one of the singers at the concert. "We like the students to come and see that people do this for fun and for a profession."

Ken Aune will serve as emcee for the concert, as well as performing a James Taylor piece himself.

Each year the concert raises more than $1,000 for the school's music program, all for things outside its ordinary budget, such as scholarships, drum set parts, bow ties or risers.

"The Music Boosters are advocates for the music program. They support us in whatever needs we might need -- financial, out-of-school experiences or just support in just getting out the word how important music is in our community," said Jenny Michalenko, orchestra director at Jamestown High School and Jamestown Middle School, as well as the choir director at JMS.

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