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Cuthbertson High Band Boosters to host 5K Color Fun Run

In March, Cuthbertson High School’s Blue Note Wind Ensemble was one of 16 bands from the U.S. selected to perform at the 24th annual Music for All National Festival presented by Yamaha in Indianapolis. Katie Ebert, left, assistant director of bands, is shown here with student musicians, from left, Ben Laramee, Garrett McCloskey, Patrick Foray, Kevin Moranski, Phillips Clarke and Director of Bands Todd Ebert.
In March, Cuthbertson High School’s Blue Note Wind Ensemble was one of 16 bands from the U.S. selected to perform at the 24th annual Music for All National Festival presented by Yamaha in Indianapolis. Katie Ebert, left, assistant director of bands, is shown here with student musicians, from left, Ben Laramee, Garrett McCloskey, Patrick Foray, Kevin Moranski, Phillips Clarke and Director of Bands Todd Ebert. COURTESY OF SUSAN MESSINA

Susan Messina of the Cuthbertson Band Boosters said recently that the organization will host its third annual 5K Color Fun Run, rain or shine, on May 2.

The event will be 8:30 a.m. at Cuthbertson High School, at 1400 Cuthbertston Road in Waxhaw. Runners of all ages are welcome, including those with strollers.

Registration is $25 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for employees of Union County Public Schools. Register on active.com (keyword Cuthbertson) by May 1. Register by April 25 to receive an official Color Run T-shirt.

Those who register in advance may pick up race packets at Cuthbertson High School from 4-7 p.m. May 1.

Race-day registration is available at 7 a.m. for $40.

Participants will be covered by an explosion of nontoxic chalk at the end of each kilometer. A final burst of color for all runners will be 9:30 a.m. in Cavalier Stadium.

Messina said fundraisers such as the Fun Run support all activities of the school’s instrumental music program, since it is not covered by school budgets.

She said Cuthbertson High’s Blue Note Wind Ensemble recently returned from Indianapolis, where it was among 16 bands selected by a panel of music education professionals from throughout the country to participate in the prestigious National Concert Band Festival.

She also said the National Association for Music Education has awarded Cuthbertson High the Support Music Merit Award. Messina said Cuthbertson is the only school in North Carolina to receive this designation and is among 120 schools nationally.

In March, Cuthbertson Middle School’s eighth-grade band performed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The Cuthbertson High School Band Boosters say they hope readers will participate in the Fun Run, earn their colors and help keep the school’s tradition of excellence going.

Museum of the Waxhaws

On April 25, the Museum of the Waxhaws will host “Welcome Spring with Music at the Museum.” The event will be concurrent with the opening of the museum’s gold-panning site.

The gold-panning site has undergone several improvements, including improved parking. Kim Getz has taken over management of the gold-panning process.

Also, Museum Board Secretary Suzanne Butler said, two musical groups will perform that day.

The Emmanuel String Quartet will play traditional Scots-Irish folk tunes. Musicians Stephen and Joseph Gaynier and Laura and Kristi Roller are home-schooled students who have taken lessons from Christina Beekman Chin’s Master’s Musicians School of Music in Waxhaw.

The four have been playing as a quartet for about three years, having gotten their start playing for Charlotte Concerts’ fundraising dinner parties.

The Kollard Kings, a different type of string quartet, will offer bluegrass and mountain music. The band has four members: Tom Estes, past president of the Charlotte Folk Society, on banjo; Donny Murray, song writer and regular performer on the “John Boy and Billy” radio program, on guitar; Michael Plumley, on bass; and Tom Hanchett, historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, on fiddle.

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