Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2005

Cardinal Dayz back with more Saturday

August 25, 2005

Cardinal fans ---- prepare to take flight.

The second annual Cardinal Dayz benefit concert will rock, clog and cheer its way forward to help fund the Cardinal Regiment marching band's annual trip.

"What we did last year is we just had a different mix of musical styles," Melissa Tillman, one of the event organizers said. "We had contemporary Christian, country, rock and pop. We tried to reach all generations and people who would like to see them."

This year the event, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at CPA Park and running until 9 p.m., will work to include more of the school and the community.

Tillman said this year's event would have bands and food like last year, but this year the regiment supporters will only charge for concessions.

Tillman said the organizers learned from last year.

"I think it was very successful. I don't think it generated as much funding as we thought it would. It was our first year and it was a big learning curb for us," Tillman. "We couldn't have done it without the help of all the parents in the community and we took the information we learned last year and were able to build on it this year."

Last year's experience helped the organizers expand their horizons.

This year they expanded the evening in order to introduce the school's fall sports teams, in effect transforming the community concert into a sort of outdoor pep rally. This year will also mark the debut of the new band director.

"He seems to be challenging the kids from day one," Tillman said. "We've had several opportunities to speak with him and it looks like he really knows what to do with this group."

The Cardinal Regiment will take the stage at roughly 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The evening of music begins a half hour earlier with the Miami County Cloggers and will continue until 9 p.m. with a one-hour set by the band Psilenus.

The fall sports teams will be introduced following the Cardinal Regiment's performance.

With the lineup set and the details getting ironed out, Mary Wolford, first-year president of the Band Parent Organization and head organizer, said people have been very helpful.

She has a wide view concerning Saturday's event.

"It's not just sports here in Eudora that the high school is very proud of and the parents in the community are proud of, it's the band kids and the color guard and the dance kids," Wolford said. "They're proud of all the kids, and we're trying to include all of them in these Cardinal Dayz."

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