Camden Hills band, chorus organize benefit to help fund trip

Jan 24, 2013

Camden — Camden Hills Regional High School Band and Chorus members will be traveling to Virginia Beach this spring to participate in a National Music Festival sponsored by Fiesta-Val.

They will first perform before a panel of judges and be rated on their own merits according to national music standards. Following that event, they will be competing against other attending schools of similar size from around the country.

Kim Murphy, the chorus director, said that in addition to the competition, “We also receive very valuable feedback that will help us to grow as an ensemble and can make improvements in our spring performances which occur after the festival.”

This trip and competition happens once every four years so that each student might have this experience at some point in their high school tenure. In addition to the hard work these students are putting into preparing for the judging and competition, they are also looking forward to having a little time for some fun on the beach, a trip to Busch Gardens and a dinner/cruise as part of the experience.

To assist these students in raising the funds needed for the bus trip, hotel, meal and competition expenses, they have partnered with Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant and their Community Connection program. Through this program, local nonprofits receive half the sales from an evening’s dinner service at Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant in Camden. Anyone wishing to support the Windjammer Chorus and Band is invited to simply eat dinner at Harborside on January 29th from 5pm to 9pm. Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant is located off the Public Landing Parking Lot on the ground floor of the Grand Harbor Inn building. Band and Chorus members will be on hand at the restaurant all evening to answer questions about their organizations and the trip. “We hope the community will join us for these last big events so that students will not have to pay extra money out of pocket” says band director Nancy Rowe.

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