Pittsfield High School band plans benefit featuring BeatleMania

Saturday February 23, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield High School Band intends to bolster music education while bringing back images of the band that launched the British Invasion of the 1960s.

That would be The Beatles, and a benefit concert, called Keep Music Education Alive, is planned in April. It will feature the BeatleMania the Stage Show tribute performers, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College.

Proceeds from the concert will help support the PHS Band's planned trip to Quebec this spring.

Keep Music Education Alive has raised thousands of dollars for high school education programs throughout New England, organizers said.

The national touring production will recreate the complete Beatles experience, from the "Ed Sullivan Show" through the Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road years, with period costume changes and authentic instruments.

The musicians from BeatleMania have performed professionally alongside Carly Simon, Hall and Oates, BJ Thomas, Kiss, Todd Rundgren and others.

Band members have also written songs with Cher, Billy Joel, Michael Bolton and Joan Jett and several movie sound tracks, including "Wayne's World" and others.

Pittsfield High School music students will perform with the BeatleMania musicians during the concert on some songs. Band Director Ron Lively said, "This event is both educational and a fun way for the Pittsfield High School Band to raise money and will be a great experience for the students to perform with a professional group of musicians."

The PHS Band has more than 50 students enrolled in the music program.

"You never know who will be the next John, Paul, George or Ringo or in fact the next No.1 hit group," Lively said.

Tickets are available at www.purplepass.com and at Wood Bros. Music Store, or by calling 1-800-316-8559.


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