On January 24 and 25, the Central Bucks School District (CBSD) will be presenting the CB Save The Music concert. This annual fundraising event raises money to support the Save The Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that identifies schools in need of music program funding and awards funds to these schools to help them keep these programs going.
The CB Save The Music event features live music acts with a central theme. This year’s theme is, “Save The Music 2020: #lisTEN: A Decade in Review.” The presenting sponsor is Cafe Soul, a local nonprofit-themed restaurant that donates to various CBSD programs, including the music program.
This year’s performances will feature music created, revisited, and remembered from 2010 through 2019 and include songs from Bruno Mars, John Legend, Ariana Grande, David Bowie, and Whitney Houston, to name a few. The exciting musical performances will be presented by CBSD music staff, students, alumni, and friends. The CB Save The Music organizers are hoping to exceed last year’s fundraising total of over $35,000 and raise more than $40,000 this year. The proceeds will provide music program funding for a school in Newark, New Jersey.
Three performances will take place at Holicong Middle School on the weekend of January 24 and 25 with days/times as follows:
- Friday, January 24: 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 25: 3 p.m.
- Saturday, January 25: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale online for $8 for students and $15 for adults (plus a small service fee).
CB Save The Music was organized to help raise money locally to contribute to the Save The Music Foundation. The inaugural performance was in 2004 and was the brainchild of three CBSD music educators, including Holicong Middle School band director Joel Chodoroff, Holicong Middle School choir director James Glaser, and Tamanend Middle School choir director Ian Sanchez (at that time the assistant choir director at Holicong). The three are now joined by Holicong Middle School orchestra director Jennifer Repper.
Throughout the following years, CB Save The Music expanded regarding the number of weekend performances held as well as the number of volunteer performers and attendees. What started out as a performance raising just under $500 with voluntary donations by attendees in 2004 grew to the extent it is today, raising over $35,000 last year alone. In fact, all years combined, CB Save The Music has raised almost $200,000 for the Save The Music Foundation!
“We are very fortunate to work in a district that values the arts as a part of a child’s education,” states co-organizer/Holicong Middle School director of bands Joel Chodoroff. “However, and unfortunately, it is not that way everywhere.”
“The Save The Music Foundation believes that every child should have access to a quality music education, and this concert is our way of helping them work towards that goal,” says Chodoroff.
Tickets for the performances are going fast and are expected to sell out, so you want to order your tickets today!
If you’re unable to attend the CB Save The Music performances but wish to lend a hand, there are a few ways to do so. You can donate directly online via this link. Or, you can attend one of the many dine and donate events happening around town, including the following:
- Tuesday, January 7: Doylestown Chipotle from 4–8 p.m.
- Thursday, January 9: Doylestown Panera Bread from 4–8 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 14: Outback Steakhouse (Jamison and Montgomeryville) from 4–8 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 15: Warrington Panera from 4–8 p.m.
- Monday, January 20: Cafe Soul from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. (featuring live musical performances)
Any questions related to the concert or becoming a sponsor for the event can be directed to Holicong band director Joel Chodoroff via email. Also, if you wish to find out more about sponsorships, you can visit the sponsorship page on the website.
Whether you’re attending one or more CB Save The Music performances or donating in other ways, this is an excellent opportunity to lend a hand to others to ensure that music stays in the schools and music programs continue to flourish!
Photo credit: Mike Maney