Big band, community band and bluegrass tunes will fill the gymnasium of Oceanside West Sunday afternoon, May 19, as the second annual Les Richards Scholarship Concert raises funds for middle-school music education … and raises spirits for all.

The afternoon of live music will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and will feature sets by the Katahdin Valley Boys, featuring local fiddler Kip Yattaw; Midcoast Community Band, led by Jo Anne Parker; and Maine’s revered Al Corey Orchestra, helmed these days by Brian Nadeau. Suggested donation is $7. All proceeds benefit the Les Richards Memorial Music Scholarship, which last year enabled two RSU 13 middle schoolers to go to summer band camp.

The concert was founded last year by Donna Richards, custodian and bus driver for Thomaston Grammar School, who revived the fund in memory of her late brother to help the future of the students she has worked with for more than a decade. Les Richards taught K-12 music in the 1980s and he played with the Al Corey Orchestra for years.

In addition to the great tunes, the afternoon will offer a variety of raffles with a wide range of prizes including a plane ride and cruises. Door prizes will include donated lobsters. Speaking of tasty treats, Donna Richards promises lots of pies and cakes, for enjoying during the concert and bringing home. Beverages and other treats will be offered for sale, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

Prizes for the Midcoast Maine Recreation Raffle include: First prize, a weekend getaway for two aboard the schooner Timberwind, second prize is a half-hour scenic flight for four with Penobscot Island Air; third prize is 18 holes of golf at Rockland Golf Course, cart included; fourth prize is choice of puffin/nature cruisd for two aboard the historic Laura B; and fifth-place includes Sunday Brunch for two at Samoset Resort.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or