Rockin' the night away for the Paragould band

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

Directorof Bands for Paragould High School, Richie Williams, says they first startedthis program two years ago because they wanted to give back to the community. "Whenwe were looking at fund raising ideas in the past, you know, we've sold candyand things like that," Williams said. "We wanted to do something that wasfun where people would want to come out and be entertained and have a goodtime."

Williamssaid they began working on a unique way to raise money to help their studentsand parents out. "We started this effort last year as a means to buytuxedos for our band members," Williams stated. "Now, we need to buy a fewof those, but we're also trying to purchase a fifty foot trailer to haul behindan eighteen wheeler to haul our equipment. And this won't be used for just thehigh school band. It will be used for all bands."

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

Around25 students will be participating in the performances, along with a number ofguest appearances. "It's a fast paced show. There are twenty-eight songsand only three of them are slow ones. So, it'll be a rockin' show the wholenight and it's songs that everyone is going to know."

Williamssays 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 theband," Williams remarked. "Help us support these kids. Most of our kidsthere only opportunity for a college education may be through a bandscholarship and so those are some of the things that we help our kids with thatthe band program supplies for them. And so, its fund raisers like this that helpsus continue getting us to that next level and help these kids get experiencethey wouldn't otherwise."

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

Ticketprice is $10 for advance purchase and $12 at the door. All proceeds earned fromthis event will go toward the Paragould band and its students.

Formore information about Paragould High School and this event, you can log ontotheirwebsite.

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