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FREE Circus Band Concert

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Circus Band Benefit Concert for Music Scholarships

The Down East Center Ring Circus Band returns to Bucksport for its 18th annual free concert on Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center, Bucksport Middle School, 100 Miles Lane, in Bucksport.

This live family concert under the imaginary “big top” is a musical highlight of the summer! Every year, a full house erupts in laughter and applause at the variety of rarely heard live circus music and humorous circus anecdotes of Conductor Gene Nichols, Professor of Music at the University of Maine-Machias, who leads a 50-member band of professional musicians, music educators, retired military band musicians, members of local community bands from all over Maine, other states and Canada. The musicians volunteer their time for two rehearsals and the performance.

An incomparable showman and educator, Nichols performs regularly with the Arcady series and is a former director of music and band director for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. The concert also features our “home town” clowns and the Anah Shrine Clowns to entertain the crowd!

The evening serves as a benefit concert to raise money for music scholarships for students in Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties. While the concert is free, the hat is passed with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. The concert and fundraising effort were conceived by Dr. E. Donald Blodgett, retired educator and accomplished trombonist who resides in Orland and Milwaukee, WI. Since retirement, his mission has been to further music education for young persons in Maine where he grew up and received his early music education. Since the first concert in 1997, $32,320 in music scholarships has been awarded to students in Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties. Scholarships may be used for music lessons, music camp tuition, or to purchase or repair musical instruments.

A music scholarship can change a young musician’s life. As one music director noted, “My student has been borrowing a school trumpet since her first year in band. Having her own instrument would allow her to continue her musical studies throughout her school career. Many students in our schools cannot afford their own instrument. My student is one of these students, but fortunately she does not let this hinder the outstanding musicianship she shares with the band.” The number of applications increases every year, so the need is great!

Special program support is provided by the Town of Bucksport, the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and individuals.

For additional information, contact Martha Pedrick at mpedrick@mindspring.com.