Carnival to benefit Elizabeth Forward High School band
The cost of fielding a high school marching band isn't cheap.
Districts can't afford to provide all of the funding, so travel, food and other assorted expenses usually fall on booster organizations.
Elizabeth Forward Band Boosters work year-round to keep their musicians marching. The Second Annual Elizabeth Forward Band Booster Carnival, which runs June 24-29 from 6-10:30 p.m. at the high school grounds, is one of the organization's higher profile fundraising events.
With free admission, festivities include a Zambelli fireworks display, performances by student musicians, family discount price nights on ride tickets and a special day honoring first responders and members of the armed forces.
The carnival will feature rock music by the Honeyriders on June 26 from 7-10:30 p.m.
The show should get the crowd rocking considering the guitarist is Chris Thomas, orchestra director for the district middle and elementary schools.
Thomas, who taught students to play Led Zeppelin's “Kashmir” this past school year, said schools do well when they educate students in the arts.
“This isn't just about supporting the marching band,” Thomas said. “The more we can support each other and keep music programs popular in our area, the better off we all are.”
Thomas said middle school band director Ben Cook approached him about having the band play the carnival, an invitation he was happy to accept.
The group has played shows in Pittsburgh, Bridgeville and Warrendale. This will be the first time the Honeyriders have played a show in the Elizabeth Forward area.
Other members of the group are vocalist Mark Fern, bassist Justin Brown, drummer Carlos Barba and saxophonist Matt Ferrante, though Ferrante won't be at the carnival.
Thomas said the band will play a mix of covers and originals, adding, “In three hours we'll play a lot of music.”
There should be no shortage of entertainment with more than 20 carnival rides operated by Swank's Steel City Shows, an assortment of games of chance including nightly bingo and a variety of foods and refreshments.
The schedule of events is:
• June 24, D.J. Steve Surmick
• June 25, emergency vehicle show at 5 p.m., prior to the carnival opening at 6. Pay-one-price admission for families and a $1 discount on admission for public safety employees and members of the military.
• June 26, the Honeyriders from 7-10:30 p.m.
• June 27, Martinettes Twirling Corps and the Elizabeth Forward Majorettes. Pay-one-price for families.
• June 28, Elizabeth Forward Middle School Jazz Band and D.J. Steve Surmick.
• June 29, The Band featuring students from Elizabeth Forward and Zambelli fireworks sponsored by Day Toyota.
For more information or advance tickets sales call 412-592-4707 or 724-989-1335.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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