JHS Marching Band & A Cappella Choir BPO Music of Queen Fundraiser

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JHS A Cappella Choir Director Norm Lydell, City of Jamestown Director of Development Vince DeJoy, JHS students: Caleb Kindberg, Dylan Lydell, Courtney Grey, City of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and JHS Marching Band Director Meghan Murray

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Jamestown Public Schools

The Jamestown High School Marching Band and A Cappella Choir, with the assistance of a $50,000 Jamestown Local Development Corporation’s Fund for Downtown Programming Grant, will bring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday, July 19th at 7:30 p.m. to perform The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony. Tickets will go on sale beginning March 13th starting at $35 and can be purchased at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts’ Box Office at 116 E. 3rd Street or at reglenna.com. The concert will be a fundraiser for the JHS Red Raider Marching Band and A Cappella’s trip to Disney World in December to help supplement trip costs for all students.

“The JHS Marching Band and A Cappella Choir are extremely excited about bringing this performance to the Reg Lenna,” said JHS Band Director Meghan Murray. “The funds raised from this event will help our JHS Marching Band and A Cappella students significantly as we prepare for a trip to Disney World later this year. We are extremely grateful to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation for supporting our efforts. The JHS Music Program is fortunate to have the constant support of our community and we were thrilled to receive this grant award. This will be an amazing show that should excite audiences of all ages. We hope to make this an enjoyable summer evening in downtown Jamestown!”

The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony will be performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra along with a full rock band and vocals capturing Queen’s distinctive sound while presenting some familiar and lots of new musical colors. Heightened by rock concert lighting, the symphonic rock hybrid has met with wild approval. The show is a great way to introduce rock fans to the symphony experience with music that they already know and love. Mrs. Murray will also be a guest conductor for one of the Queen songs with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and our community to hear a professional orchestra in the beautiful Reg Lenna Center for the Arts,” said JHS A Cappella Choir Director Norm Lydell. “The music of Queen is very popular with our students, so they will appreciate the Buffalo Philharmonic joining with rock musicians to celebrate music that is familiar to them. In our world of music education there are few experiences that can top a live performance by professional musicians. This concert will also provide tremendous support for our venture to perform with a professional orchestra and chorus in Disney’s Candlelight Processional. Please help us make this community event a success!”

The Jamestown Local Development Corporation received a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award to support all-season Downtown Jamestown programming. A grant and loan fund has been developed to support programming that will attract a range of audiences to the Downtown and Riverwalk throughout the year and encourage an influx of patrons to downtown businesses.

The DRI Funding will allow the Jamestown Band and Chorus Association, Inc. to present a world class show in Jamestown that will have the added benefit of helping JHS Marching Band and A Cappella raise funds to travel to Disney in Florida to perform. Without the funding support this show would not be financially feasible to bring to Jamestown. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Music of Queen will attract a large regional audience that will most likely spend tourism dollars in Downtown Jamestown at restaurants, shops and hotels.

“This is exactly the type of activity that the Fund for Downtown Programming was created to bring to Downtown Jamestown,” said Sam Teresi, Mayor of Jamestown. “I want to thank the Jamestown High School Marching Band for taking the initiative to use the FDP as a fundraising mechanism and strengthening the organization financially. We are looking forward to a great show at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.”

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 150 E. 4th Street has enthusiastically agreed to be the corporate sponsor for this event by providing financial support for this exciting show that will attract people from all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Band and A Cappella parents will also be involved in providing support and logistics for the show as well as selling program ads from local businesses that have supported the efforts of our kids through excellence in the JHS music programs.

“Our entire team at the DoubleTree Hotel is thrilled to be a sponsor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra show at the Reg,” said Brandon Wade, General Manager, DoubleTree Hotel. “We will continue to be supportive of events that further support Jamestown Public Schools and the JHS Marching Band, NYS champions.”

“Jamestown is fortunate to be able to bring the BPO to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts that is only made possible through the DRI grant funding,” said Vince DeJoy, Executive Director of the JLDC. “This is precisely the type of event that this fund was intended, and the JLDC Board and Programming committee feels that this event will sell out and provide a huge boost to Downtown Jamestown business activity and support our businesses. We are also fortunate to have a business with community minded interests with the DoubleTree Hotel being the corporate sponsor making this show possible.”

Funding support provided by the Fund for Downtown Programming awarded through the Jamestown Local Development Corporation and made possible by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) through NYS Homes and Community Renewal.