Tiger marching band to perform at EF Saturday.

June 20, 2018

Tiger marching band to perform at EF Saturday.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

ROTHBURY — The Shelby High Marching Band will perform at the Electric Forest Festival Saturday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Hangar stage.

The 55-member band includes 36 alumni, said SHS Band Director Curt Isakson.

Approximately $60,000 has been contributed to the band by the festival through the Music in Schools Program, Isakson said. Funds are used to buy new instruments and other equipment.

The band will play a Pink tune called, “Raise your Glass” and a hip hop song called “Fancy.”

“The band is phenomenal this year with some monster players,” Isakson said.

All alumni and 2018 graduates receive free wristbands to attend the festival.

“Electric Forest’s Music in Schools Program has supported local music education since 2012,” states EF’s web site. “Each year, thousands of dollars are donated to help keep music part of the curriculum in Michigan public schools.

“By donating money and instruments to local school music programs, Electric Forest is bridging the gap between diminishing school budgets and music program resource needs. The Music in Schools Program also offers hands-on experiences to music students including performance opportunities at the festival, as well as on-site mentor opportunities, where students interested in music production ‘shadow’ Electric Forest professionals during the event.

“After all, Electric Forest’s home should be a place of musical discovery year-round.”

“Electric Forest’s Music in Schools Program has added so much value to our school music programs here in Michigan,” Isakson said. “The opportunity for our students to perform at Electric Forest is incredible in so many ways, and the festival’s support allows us to invest in instruments and equipment that we could not otherwise provide our students. Music is universal, and the opportunity for the students to benefit from such a program is greatly appreciated by me, the students, and this community.”

The first weekend of the Electric Forest Festival, held at the Double JJ Resort, runs June 21-24. The second weekend is June 28 through July 1.

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