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Concert celebrates 15th anniversary of Joan Mantle Music Trust

Enjoy music from Rainbow board students and community groups at April 29 concert

Local performers will join music students, teachers and graduates of Rainbow schools to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Joan Mantle Music Trust during a gala Community Concert Saturday, April 29.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sheridan Auditorium of Sudbury Secondary School. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Doors will open at 6:15 pm for a Silent Auction which will be held throughout the evening. All proceeds will support music education in Rainbow Schools.

“We have a wonderful line-up of entertainment that will appeal to young and old alike,” said Ralph McIntosh, chair of the Joan Mantle Music Trust Steering Committee. “We invite everyone to come out for an evening of fun and festivities as we celebrate the return of music in our schools and in our community.”

Community members who will be sharing their talents in support of the trust include the Nickel City Wind Ensemble, directed by David Young; the Northern Brass Choir featuring Charlotte Leonard, recipient of the Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award; and The Zoomers, a rock/soul/rhythm and blues revue band.

Come take a walk down memory lane as the Zoomers perform classic hits from the past six decades! 

Sharing lead vocals and guitar work are two of Northern Ontario's most talented and respected musicians - Kevin Closs and Marc Savard. Closs brings a variety of musical influences to the group, most notably rock and folk, while Savard's influences range from the blues, soul, and R&B. Rounding out the group is the rhythm section featuring Dan Ayotte on drums, Emilio Falbo on bass, and Cory Ross on keys.

The concert will also showcase the talent of students and staff in Rainbow Schools, including the Lockerby Composite School Senior Concert Band directed by Michael Jensen, the Jazz Sudbury Youth Band directed by Mitch McIntyre, the Chelmsford Valley District Composite School Choir directed by Francine Portelance, a Sudbury Secondary School musical theatre presentation directed by Vanessa Chevrette, and the Lively District Secondary School Rock Band directed by Cory Ross.

Purchase tickets through SchoolCash, visiting the main office at Sudbury Secondary School on regular school days or contacting McIntosh at [email protected] or 705-662-0115.

The seventh Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award will be presented to Charlotte Leonard at the Community Concert. The Community Award commemorates Joan Mantle’s positive impact on music and music education, not only within the Rainbow District School Board, but throughout the broader community.

The Award is presented to an individual (or organization) from the community served by Rainbow District School Board who has had a significant impact on music and/or music education at the elementary, secondary, post-secondary and/or community levels.

The Joan Mantle Music Trust honours Joan Mantle, a long-time educator who made an immense contribution to music education locally. Mantle passed away on June 9, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Joan Mantle Music Trust allocates funds to school music programs in Rainbow District School Board on a rotating basis. The trust also accepts the donation of new and used musical instruments and allocates them to schools in need. This ensures that there is an ongoing improvement in the condition of musical equipment throughout the board, allowing for students to achieve more in their musical studies together.


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