Photo by Joshua Bessex
ASTORIA — The month of March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.
To bring awareness to Music In Our Schools Month, the Astoria High School band, choir and orchestra are hosting a special benefit concert, which will feature special guest appearances by Luke & Kati of the popular indie rock band Blind Pilot. Luke Ydstie and Kati Claborn will join the AHS students and a handful of Astoria’s notable musicians March 17 at the Liberty Theatre for the first-ever Beyond the Sound, Astoria Schools Music Education Benefit Concert.
The concert, Beyond the Sound, will feature all genres of music from classical to folk to jazz to contemporary choral selections.
The purpose of Music In Our Schools Month is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. The month is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits that music brings to students of all ages.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 at the Liberty Theatre, located at 1203 Commercial St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for ages under 6.
All proceeds from the event will support music education in the Astoria School District, helping local students develop skills for college, career and life success.
For more information on Beyond the Sound, go to www.astoriabands.org, or call 503-791-8134.