As they approach their sixth consecutive year the Rock and Remember benefit concert continues to raise money for ailing music departments at area middle schools.
This year's venue took place in two rockin' weekends with one weekend held at Laney's Corral in Newell and the other weekend also at Laney's Corral in Lakeview. The Saturday night events featured six rock bands, none of whom got paid a dime to play, pumped up the crowds with rock and roll tunes. The end result brought good times and funds for middle school music departments.
The annual benefit is coordinated by volunteer board members who annually choose between two and four middle schools within about a 60 mile radius of the Storm Lake area to receive the funds for their music departments.
This year the board chose two schools, St. Mary's Middle School in Storm Lake and Cherokee Middle School in Cherokee. Each school recieved a donation of $2,252 to help with their music programs. The funds can be used to purchase what is needed for the music program. Some examples are to help pay for band camps, music stands, music sheets, instruments and any other pertinent piece of equipment.
The gift to the Cherokee Middle School came as a complete surprise to the music department and they were thrilled when Bramble contacted them about presenting the donation. There are no current plans for the money since the donation was a surprise but music directors Kristine Zylstra and the soon to be band director Jennifer Dreyer are already coming up with some ideas on how best to use the funds for the students.
Bramble and those he works with know the importance of music programs in education and so did their friend Sievers. It just goes to show that music lives forever and rock and roll will never die.