Hampden Academy student musicians raise money for live concert at Universal Studios next year

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HAMPDEN, Maine (WABI) – Hampden Academy student musicians performed live on Wednesday evening

The Jazz Bands and Show Choir put on a show featuring music from Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire and more.

Wednesday’s concert was a fundraiser with a lofty goal.

They are looking to raise $ 100,000 by the end of the year through concerts and other fundraising efforts.

The money will help students perform live at Universal Studios in Orlando next April.

With mask restrictions lifted and the weather warming, these kids can finally play their music.

“After the year they had with COVID, at the start of the school year, they couldn’t play their instruments indoors. They should be playing them outside, which just won’t happen in a Maine winter. Then they could play them indoors and they had to be in bags and they had bells and had to wear masks while they played their instruments. So it’s been a really tough year for the musicians. Again, they can take this trip once every four years, so for these students it really means a lot to them, ”said Nancy Fenders, president of the Hampden Academy Music Association.

They also run an online auction as another fundraiser.

With lots of local gift cards, gift baskets and even $ 6,500 for your children’s braces from Smile Docs to Brewer.

You can bid here.

The auction ends on July 11.

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