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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Leslie Lewis for the information in this story.)

The 12th Annual Chelsea Bands Mardi Gras Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr.

The event is a casual, open-house style event, with student musicians from 5th through 12th grade performing on three different, continuously live stages.

There will be food available, a silent auction – featuring donations from area merchants, restaurants and boosters and a Mardi Gras art project. The

evening will conclude with performances by our Middle School and High School Jazz Bands.

The funds raised from this, the largest Chelsea Band fundraiser, will go to the band department. Funds will be used to purchase new music, pay for instrument repairs and bring in accomplished professional musicians to work with groups of students throughout the band program.

“The kids really look forward to Mardi Gras,” Chelsea band teacher, Rick Catherman said.

“They have a great time playing great music for great people.” Leslie Lewis, Mardi Gras Chairperson said, “The community really comes out to support our kids and award-winning music programs.”

Tickets are $5.00 each or a family price of $20, so families with more than four

people attending will only need four tickets. Tickets may be purchased from Chelsea Band students or are available at the door.

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