Seaholm holding March 18 fundraiser to support band

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 8, 2016

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BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High School’s bands will host their 17th annual auction fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway.

The fundraiser will support the ninth-grade band, marching band, concert band, jazz band and symphony band. Money raised from the auction will go toward purchasing supplies such as sheet music, bringing clinicians to the school and replacing old instruments.

Band Director Tim Cibor said it’s nice to raise some money for the band program, but just as important as that, it’s a great way to spend time with the people and parents who support the bands.

“It’s a celebration of the community of the band program where one night we can gather together, hear some great music and celebrate a great community of people,” he said.

In addition to hearing the jazz band play throughout the evening, attendees can place bids on items such as Detroit Lions tickets, a weekend stay at the Inn at Bay Harbor, a platinum membership to Emagine’s Palladium Theatre, wines from Fine Wine Source, golf at Walnut Creek Country Club and more.

Last year’s auction brought in more than $10,000, a number that event co-chair Kimberly DeClark hopes to surpass. She said the administration and school district always have been supportive of the bands, but the money raised helps fund items and needs that a budget might not cover.

“There’s a lot of things that go above and beyond that, and this is the type of thing that helps secure the necessities that might not always be outlined in a budget, like repairs and additional instruments and the things that can make a band super successful,” she said.

Regardless of how much money is raised at the event, Cibor said he hopes the students performing have a rewarding experience.

“They’ve been working hard on this for a while and I want them to feel good about their performance,” he said. “I want the parents involved to feel a sense of pride seeing the students perform.”

Tickets for the event cost $37, which covers the cost of dinner. They can be bought at seaholmbands.com. The last day to buy tickets is Friday, March 11.

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