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South River 'Play-A-Thon' Seeks to Increase Skills, Funding

The event will serve as entertainment for the public while providing additional funding for the band's competition trip to South Carolina in the spring.

As someone who played tenor saxophone for 12 years, I know how hard it is to play an instrument for hours on end. So when I heard about South River High’s concert band’s 9-hour “Play-A-Thon,” my jaw dropped.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, about 100 South River students and 35 adult volunteers will participate in a musical marathon for a special one-time concert/educational experience—ultimately culminating into a one-hour show from 4-5 p.m.

Hosted by the South River Music Boosters, family members, residents who pledged financially and other guests are invited to volunteer throughout the day and as the young musicians gain extra training and instruction. Additionally, the Play-A-Thon will help raise funds for the school’s competition trip to South Carolina in the spring.

“The Play-A-Thon is designed to be a fun and educational event where performing groups come together to enhance skills,” said South River’s Instrumental Music Director Jerry Cavanaugh. “Guest professional conductors and musicians from the local area will be volunteering their time to provide instruction and direction.”

Continuing with South River’s commitment to community service, the event will also include a food collection to support local food banks, Cavanaugh added.

The event on Saturday is free, but musicians are still accepting financial pledges to help fund the department’s competition trip to South Carolina.

Those seeking more information on the event can check out South River High’s music program at SouthRiverMusic.org

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