The Phil Campbell High School Band “Gives Thanks” With A Very Special Concert

By  | March 15, 2012 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE – Saturday, March 17, will be a special day at Regency Square Mall. The Phil Campbell High School Band will be performing their first sit-down concert since the April 2011 tornadoes devastated their school. The event begins at 5 o’clock in the Sears Court. Band Director Bobby Patrick says the concert is a musical ‘thank you’ from the band to the thousands of individuals, businesses as well as local, national and international groups and organizations, who supported the band and their efforts to rebuild their program after all was lost and/or destroyed. Through generous donations and grants, hard work and determination, the Bobcat Band can continue.

Jessica Burton, Deputy Director, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, Alabama will present a check to Bobby Patrick and the Band. At this first public appearance since the storms, the students will debut new instruments purchased with the help of a generous Warner Music donation arranged through Save the Children. In addition,Save the Children awarded $12,000 of relief funds to Phil Campbell High School and Elementary School, including $2,000 for the replacement of the band’s destroyed uniforms and shoes. Since the initial days after the deadly tornadoes of last spring, Save the Childrenhas dedicated more than $780,000 to disaster response and recovery efforts in the state, working closely with communities across northern Alabama to meet children’s needs and help families cope with the stress, loss, fear and grief that follow in the wake of such disasters.

In December, 2011 Phil Campbell High School was a grand-prize winner in the “GLEE Give a Note” Contest, receiving an award of $50,000 to help rebuild its music program. The Phil Campbell Elementary School Band program received $25,000, placing First Place in the region; a total of $75.000 was given out to these schools in Phil Campbell to rebuild their music programs. The contest, which awarded $1,000,000 to schools in need, was sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). During an open call for entries in September, the school’s music department posted an online video describing how their program had been affected by the tornado. In October, the eligible entries were posted on and put up for public vote for one month. The community rallied around Phil Campbell, voting the video through to the next round. A panel composed ofNAfME members conducted a final round of judging and, together with the public vote, determined the winning programs. Phil Campbell was one of three schools awarded $50,000. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

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