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Kamloops Community Band funds student music scholarship with annual concert

The Kamloops Community Band will be performing its annual fundraising concert next month.
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February 15, 2020 - 4:15 PM

The Kamloops Community Band is honouring its founding member with its annual fundraising concert, Play Like The Dickens.

The fundraiser for the Richard Dickens Music Scholarship will take place Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle.

Dickens, a long-time Kamloops school music teacher, founded the band in 2001 to provide a place for young people, teachers, retirees and other community members to play their instruments, according to the band’s news release.

He died in 2009, and proceeds from this event will go toward the scholarship named for him, which provides $2,000 a year for four years to a student who has shown exemplary aptitude and achievement in music and is continuing in full-time music studies at the post-secondary level, the release said.

“Dick’s establishment of this scholarship fund and the founding of our band are both reflections of his lifelong dedication to his many students, and his firm belief in the value of music in our lives. As a band, we relish the opportunity to perform this benefit concert,” said Cliff Noakes, the band’s music director, in the release.

Highlights of Play Like The Dickens include an exciting march or two, Dickens’ favourite selections from several Disney films, and several familiar melodies.

Joining the band will be the Kamloops School of the Arts Chamber Choir, a student-led ensemble at the school.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online through Eventbrite, or at the door.


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