A benefit concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center to benefit the Kingwood High School band and orchestra programs. Hurricane Harvey flooding caused valuable music, instruments and equipment to be lost at the school.
Event organizer Kate Harrison said, “Some of the band and orchestra losses will be covered by Humble ISD insurance; however, to what extent we are unsure. Much of the donated band hall equipment (including desks, office machines/supplies, etc.) most likely will not be covered. Additionally, a significant portion of the band's music library was lost. Personal instruments were also lost or damaged.”
Local musicians from all over Houston will be performing at the benefit to raise funds for the school's music programs. Performing acts include the Staehely Brothers, Chris Lively, Wendy Taylor, Aaron and Ashten, No Rehearsal, Gemstone and Sydney Bryant. The family friendly benefit will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, and additional donations are being accepted. Food will be available for purchase and there will be a silent auction.
All funds will be given directly to the school's band and orchestra booster organizations to provide funding to replace items lost in the flood. Funds to cover the cost of the venue for the event were donated by Bicycle Consulting Group, The Harrison Center for Music Therapy, and Staci Butler. WF & J White Publishing has provided additional donations to support the sound staff and musician expense.
Fortunately, the school's band trailer escaped the wrath of the Harvey flooding. The trailer was parked at Kingwood High during the flood, but Harrison said that “the trailer was located in the back of the school which sits at a higher elevation than the front of the school. Although the back of the school was also flooded, the water came up to just below the bottom of the trailer. Nothing in the trailer was lost.”
The event has been organized by several local residents including KHS Band Booster President Annelisa Shaw, KHS Band Booster Vice-President Denise Ometzberger, Creative Director of The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center Richard Mintz, and local residents Harrison, Staci Butler and Julian White.
Harrison said, “Some of us live in the district, some of us have children that go to KHS and some of us are musicians and local business owners wanting to help musicians and students to ensure they have the tools they need to continue to foster their passion for music.”
Charles Bender Performing Arts Center is located at 611 Higgins Street in Humble. To purchase tickets, go to eventbrite.com/e/kingwood-high-school-music-program-benefit-concert-tickets-38642141686.