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Rockin' the night away for the Paragould band

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The 2nd annual "Rockin' the Night Away" for the Paragould Band kicks off Friday night.

Director of Bands for Paragould High School, Richie Williams, says they first started this program two years ago because they wanted to give back to the community. "When we were looking at fund raising ideas in the past, you know, we've sold candy and things like that," Williams said. "We wanted to do something that was fun where people would want to come out and be entertained and have a good time."

Williams said they began working on a unique way to raise money to help their students and parents out. "We started this effort last year as a means to buy tuxedos for our band members," Williams stated. "Now, we need to buy a few of those, but we're also trying to purchase a fifty foot trailer to haul behind an eighteen wheeler to haul our equipment. And this won't be used for just the high school band. It will be used for all bands."

Williams says people can expect to have a great time from the performance. "This is a variety show. It's not necessarily an oldies show. For this variety show we have music from the 50s and 60s, but also the 70s and 80s."

Around 25 students will be participating in the performances, along with a number of guest appearances. "It's a fast paced show. There are twenty-eight songs and only three of them are slow ones. So, it'll be a rockin' show the whole night and it's songs that everyone is going to know."

Williams says they couldn't accomplish all they do without the support of the community. "It's so important that the community and parents come out and support the band," Williams remarked. "Help us support these kids. Most of our kids there only opportunity for a college education may be through a band scholarship and so those are some of the things that we help our kids with that the band program supplies for them. And so, its fund raisers like this that helps us continue getting us to that next level and help these kids get experience they wouldn't otherwise."

Performances will take place in downtown Paragould at the Collins Theatre. Their first performance will be Friday, December 30th at 7p. A second performance will take place Saturday, December 31st also at 7p.

Ticket price is $10 for advance purchase and $12 at the door. All proceeds earned from this event will go toward the Paragould band and its students.

For more information about Paragould High School and this event, you can log onto theirwebsite.

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