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July 16, 2013

'Walk Back in Time' raises funds for NHS music program

NEWBURYPORT — Have you ever heard a song that takes you back in time to a place, a moment, a memory when you were young, fearless and carefree? Remember those CYO dances, ladies’ choice and snowball dances, shows like “Shindig” and “Where The Action Is”?

There’s a chance to experience just that at the third annual “Walk Back in Time” fundraiser for the Newburyport Public Schools’ music program on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Music for Music Foundation is raising funds to help music programs in the Newburyport schools. To date it has helped fund a music teacher at the middle school, funded music lessons in grade 5 for 60 students and awarded two $1,000 scholarships for two seniors continuing in music. Music for Music has named one of its scholarships after the late John Battis, a music teacher in the ’60s and ’70s.

Local garage bands will perform cover songs from the ’60s and ’70s. The Shadows played together for more than 40 years. Stellwagen, a local acoustic duo, will open the show, and The Reunion Band is excited to play again this year. These bands all have local ties to Newburyport, with most of them having graduated from Newburyport High School.

The goal for the evening is to help the Newburyport High School band program, as well as to award two scholarships.

Steven Cohen, a music teacher at NHS, has been very active building the school’s music program. This year, he will join the Reunion Band as its drummer and singer.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Denise’s Flower Shop, 35 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Tickets at the door are $30.

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