Showcase Barber Shop Springfield MA
WHO: Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Officials from Rebuild Springfield and Drum Major Paul Ritchie of the Springfield Kiltie Bagpipe Band
WHAT: The Springfield Kiltie Bagpipe Band will make a donation to the ongoing tornado rebuild effort
On October 16, 2011, a Massed Bands Tornado Relief Concert hosted by the Shriner Highlanders was held at Eastern States Coliseum to support local communities in raising money for the continued recovery efforts in the aftermath of the June 1st tornado.
Many bagpipe and drum bands from all over the Northeast had donated their time for both rehearsal and performance, presenting an amazing array of Scottish music and traditional Scottish colors. Performances were done by The Shriner Highlanders of Springfield, The Holyoke Caledonians, The Springfield Kiltie Band, The Quaboag Highlanders of Monson, The Worcester Kiltie Band, The Stuart Highlanders of Boston, and members from both Clan McPherson Pipe and Drums of Andover, and the Mohawk Valley Frasers of New York.
There were also other participants including the barber shop quartet “DNA” of New Salem Massachusetts, local Irish music trio “The Cabeys, ” and the Around Town Singers of Northern Connecticut, who performed a variety of musical selections.
As a result of the efforts of the participants and the people who supported the concert through their attendance and/or donations, contributions are being made to six cities and towns impacted by the tornado in the amount of $900.00 each.
The Mass Pipes and Drums Charities look forward to continuing to work with worthy organizations in the future to raise both money and awareness for their cause.
This year’s event is to be held on October 14, 2012 at the Eastern States Expositions Coliseum. The Big E yet again has donated the use of Coliseum in support of the event.
Rays of Hope has been selected as the charity.
Who: Mass Pipes and Drums Charities Concert to support Rays of Hope (Host Band - The Quaboag Highlanders of Monson)
Why: To raise money in support of worthy charities either from the local community or impact the local community.