Summerside Intermediate band hosting fundraiser Friday

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SUMMERSIDE – It's an event showing off local talent, as well as supporting a good cause.
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Summerside Intermediate School is hosting Cabin Fever 2014, a concert with many local acts. Funds will help pay for the school band trip to the Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax this May.

Mike Dixon, a member of the Saddleriver Band, is one of the performers at Summerside Intermediate’s Cabin Fever 2014 concert Friday night.

Michelle Moore, a vice-principal at the school, said Peter Gallant, the school's musical director, is planning to take more than 150 students to Halifax.

"It's almost $15,000 in hotel costs alone."

The Atlantic Band Festival has bands from across Canada and the United States attend, drawing in more than 3,000 musicians.

While the concert Friday is the third of four fundraising events, Moore said there's a lot of excitement around the concert.

Acts include The Ellis Family Band, Mike Dixon, Mario Robichaud, Trevor Profitt and Danika Campbell.

Campbell is a Grade 9 student at the school, and Robichaud is a teacher at SIS.

Mike Dixon plays in the Saddleriver Band.

Profitt is a former student of Gallant's, which Moore said can give inspiration to current students.

"It shows students who are in the program what they can achieve if they work hard and continue to grow as musicians."

Moore said many students were excited to be in the company of other musicians who have worked with Gallant.

Gallant is excited for the concert too, said Moore. "Peter loves putting on music shows and to be able to showcase local talent. That's why it was important for him to pick people who were from the community, to give them the exposure the deserve."

She said the concert will have a close to home feeling, adding the hope for the concert is to get a large audience of music lovers.

"They'll fill the cafeteria with people who want experience what music has to offer."


Organizations: The Ellis Family Band

Geographic location: Canada, United States

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