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SEISO supports Fairfield Band Aides with ‘Concert for a Cause’

Apr 12, 2018
PHOTO SUBMITTED The Fairfield High School Jazz Band performs before the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra concert in February at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa. The event was SEISO Ottumwa Chapter’s Concert for a Cause, which raised donations for area music oeducation programs, including the Fairfield Band Aides.

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Ottumwa Chapter held its second annual Concert for a Cause Feb. 17 at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa.

With numerous people in attendance, SEISO donated 75 percent of ticket sales in addition to private donations to three local music education programs, one of which was Fairfield’s nonprofit music booster organization Fairfield Band Aides. This event raised over $500 for Fairfield Band Aides.

“We are extremely grateful to the people of the Ottumwa Chapter SEISO for including Fairfield Band Aides in this fundraising event. The concert was a huge success and a wonderful experience for the kids. We are very fortunate to have a community minded, professional level symphony orchestra right here in Southeast Iowa who are focused on music education for kids. It was truly a wonderful experience for everyone involved,” said Eric Henderson, treasurer for Fairfield Band Aides.

In addition to the concert, the Fairfield High School jazz band was invited to play in the lobby before the show. The event included free food, cash bar, photo booth, and a preconcert lecture by SEISO conductor Robert McConnell. Intermission included a performance by the Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont Choir and a post-concert performance was provided by the Ottumwa High School Orchestra.

The concert also featured Kenoni Bolding, a high school student from Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont district who was the winner of the SEISO young artist competition.

“Music education is a cornerstone of our organization and mission. Following the success of last year’s event, we knew that we wanted to do something education related. By supporting our local music programs we’re helping those on the front lines of keeping music alive in our communities: our teachers, their programs, and the booster programs that are essential to their success,” said Steve Campbell, president of the Ottumwa Chapter SEISO.

Fairfield Band Aides is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the instrumental music programs within the Fairfield Community School District since 1999. For more information or to make a donation, contact Henderson by email at erichenderson@lisco.com, by phone 919-9396, or on Facebook by searching Fairfield Community Schools: Band Aides.

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