Concert Offers Relief For Storm Victims


It was a night of reflection and remembrance for victims of the February 5th tornado that hit Sharp County.

"It's hard you know, I've lived in that house for a long time, it's like the stuff you see on TV," said Matthew Huth, a junior at Highland High School and the band leader.

For Huth, Monday night's wind ensemble concert named "A Concert for Sharp County" is an especially important one, due to the fact that his family home was badly damaged in the storm.

"It feels good to know that people not just in town but other people are thinking about us and trying to help us out," said Huth.

The Sharp County Community Foundation took donations, which will be turned over to churches and other groups helping storm victims.

Martin Carpenter is with the foundation and says the benefit is just another example of the acts of giving coming out of neighboring counties.

"There were a lot of people who showed up from Jonesboro who brought food and we never called them," said Carpenter.

ASU's Wind Ensemble conductor Tim Oliver is the man behind the concert, which was scheduled long before the tornado hit, but it was Oliver's idea to dedicate it to Sharp County because of the large number of ensemble members from those tornado hit areas.

Busloads of storm victims from Highland were brought in to watch and listen.

"We have a lot of folks who probably would have come but they're trying to rebuild their lives and their homes and just trying to put the pieces back together," said Greg Bruner, the Director of Bands at Highland High School and a special guest conductor.

Some members of the Highland High School band were invited to perform in a special Fourth of July concert in Pearl Harbor.

Non-profits, governmental units, churches, emergency organizations and other groups can submit applications for aid with the foundation through March 3. A second round of applications for the nonprofit will be accepted through March 17.

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