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'Grand Night of Music' to raise funds for Charger band trip

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A "Grand Night of Music" will be presented on Saturday, February 9 at the Brandon/Evansville High School (B/E HS) in Brandon, as a number of local performers present an evening of entertainment.

The concert will help the B/E HS Charger Band raise money for its trip to Florida in March. This will be the band's fifth trip to Disney World. Previous trips occurred in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009.

While in Florida, the band will perform March 27 at Disney World and March 29 at the Kennedy Space Center and will take part in "You're Instrumental," a two and a half hour workshop that gives students a chance to work with professional Disney musicians.

The variety show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the B/E HS gymnasium in Brandon. Tickets are available from band members or at the door. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Bremer Bank will provide up to $500 in matching funds.


Folk singer Peggy Weise, a frequent performer at the open mic show in Evansville, will be strumming and singing songs by Tom Paxton and Bill Staines.

Fourteen-year-old Evan Slack, a 9th grader at B/E HS, will share his enthusiastic renditions of several of his favorite tunes. Slack was cast as Aladdin in last summer's Alexandria Area Arts Association production, and is currently preparing for the Razzle Dazzle Revue at the Fergus Falls Theater.

Kelly Smith and Leila Preston will lend some steps and a few surprises as they harmonize and entertain the audience with musical theater selections. The two have sung together at Grace Lutheran Church the past 10 years.

Local father/daughter duo Marc and Anna Lundeen will take the audience back in time with sounds from the 1960s and 70s. Marc is a 1976 Evansville graduate and Anna is a senior at B/E HS.

The local brass sextet Brass Menagerie will perform. Members include 1971 Brandon graduate and director John Engel - tuba, Joyce Engel - trombone, Cindy Wagner - euphonium, Diane Yorkovich - French horn, Todd Blaser - trumpet, Kristine Uhl - trumpet. The group has played at Art in the Park, the Douglas County Fair and area churches.

Concertina artist Greg Lehrke enjoys performing at various venues including the Evansville Art Center, Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre, Medina Ballroom, nursing homes and numerous dancehalls. He has also been on the Jingle Bells telethon the past 10 years.

The "Grand Night Ringers," directed by Joyce Engel, formed in support of the Charger Band trip to Disney World. The handbell ringers will play four octaves of handbells and three octaves of tone chimes. Members include John Engel, Annette Helder, Tom Helder (1969 Brandon graduate), Bethany Hellem, Mark Lundeen, Nick Lundeen (5th grader at Evansville Elementary School), Sue Lundeen, Erika Olson, Dennis Preston, Leila Preston, Cindy Wagner and Diane Yorkovich.

Talented pianist Bethany Hellem, a 10th grade home schooled student, will round out the show with her performance of Gershwin's I Got Rhythm. Hellem also plays the flute, violin and organ at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Brandon.