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BY: Tiffany Monde, Tonawanda Source | December 06, 2012

TONAWANDA - Friday, Jan 25, 2013, The BBC Band, a Western New York Beatles and 60’s tribute band, will be performing a benefit concert at Cardinal O’Hara for the second year, with proceeds helping to renovate the Performing Arts Center.

“The first year we had more than 500 people and it was a fabulous event and a great night so we’ve decided to do it again,” said Renee Orr, Director of Advancement.

The project is part of an ongoing investment to help restore the performing arts center. The roof has been redone and there are plans to redo the stage floor, lighting, sound equipment, seats, carpeting and air conditioning.

The BBC Band members have been performing individually for more than 30 years. In 2002, Gary Astridge, the band’s drummer put an ad out looking for local musicians to get together for a Beatles jam. Over time the musicians that were attending began to reach a professional level and they decided to form a band, though members change over time they have continued to be a core in the WNY music scene.

Their common bond is their keen musical enthusiasm and having meticulously studied the recordings they perform to provide the most accurate musical presentation possible.

“They have a pretty good following and like to play in different areas of the community,” said Orr. “It brings our school community together and it’s something different from the normal school fundraiser and it brings outside people into the school to see what a great facility we do have.”

The Cardinal O’Hara’s song core will be performing with the band. Orr said last year they did three songs and it was one of the highlights of the evening.

Tickets for the event are now available, for every three tickets you buy before Jan. 1, 2013 you will receive two complementary tickets. They are also continuing their “Take a Seat” project of renovating each seat in the PAC. You can sponsor a seat and have your name and graduation year put on a nameplate on the armrest. Please contact the advancement office at 695-2600 with any questions. Visit www.cardinalohara.com for more details.

“It really is just a fun night if you are a Beatles fan or a 60’s music fan you will like it,” said Orr. “They are great performers and when you add the students to it it’s just a great feel good night. People were dancing and everyone left with a great feeling.”

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