Rick, left, and Allan Spinney go back to their early school days in a benefit performance for Wolfville School Feb. 2. File
Editor's note: Due to weather conditions, the concert has been postponed to March 9.
February 2 at 7 p.m., The Spinney Brothers will be one of the special guests at the Wolfville School music program’s fundraiser, Crescendo.
The music program is raising money ito participate in a music festival at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax April 29.
“Allan and I both attended Wolfville School when we were kids,” says Rick Spinney, banjo player for the band. “We have a lot of memories of our time there. We jumped at the chance to give back, especially to the music program. Who knows, maybe there's another ‘Spinney Brothers’ in the making?”
The Spinney Brothers are part of a stellar line-up of local talent. The Wolfville School Jazz Band, the Acadia Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mark Adam; and a Girls’ Glee Club from Wolfville School will also be performing.
“It's an opportunity to show off our local celebrities and support our future ones,” says Suzie Blatt, co-president of the Wolfville School Band Parent Association.
“We wanted our kids to have a chance to perform with a variety of musical groups from our area so that they know they are part of a musical community, bigger than their own school band. This special evening and the music festival in April will do that.”
The music program must cover the cost of festival registration, overnight accommodations, meal expenses and other costs.
“It's important to us that all of our kids be able to attend the festival and experience this wonderful opportunity. The fundraiser will help to ensure that all the students will be able to participate, regardless of their own personal contributions. We don't want anyone left out,” says Blatt.
Admission to the evening is a freewill offering, with a suggested donation of $12.
Acadia University has donated the use of Festival Theatre, all the artists are donating their time, Ardith Haley of the Department of Education and Acadia University is the emcee, and band students will be selling refreshments during intermission.
“We want everyone to come out and enjoy the music,” says Spinney. “The key to a great gig is great attendance.”