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November 4, 2013

Docksiders chart latest course

GHS band benefit aims at April cruise

The Gloucester High School Docksiders are preparing to leave their municipal dockside location at the school to anchor at a few other locations after they set sail as a featured band on a Carnival cruise ship next spring.

But in the meantime, the acclaimed GHS concert stage band is gearing up for its next performance — when the Docksiders will entertain guests at a wine-tasting fundraiser for their upcoming trip.

The Saturday-night fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gloucester House. Tickets, which cost $25, can be bought at Jeff’s Variety, from a band member or at the door.

The Docksiders have played and represented Gloucester and their school a few times at Walt Disney World in Orlando, at Disneyland in California and a number of venues — including Pearl Harbor — in Hawaii over the 12-year history of the program, and city residents and businesses have always generously chipped in to fully fund the students’ adventures and experience, according to music director David Adams.

“This community has really embraced these kids,” Adams said. “We have yet to take money out of students’ pockets for these trips.”

Monday, the teens rehearsed songs — up-tempo, slower jazzy and brassy — during a rehearsal session aimed not only at Saturday’s fundraising effort, but at the April cruise trip, as well.

The band plans to master upward of 45 songs before they jet to Miami to set sail. Adams expects the band will play at least two shows as the Carnival Cruise liner Victory floats along a route that will include stops in Cozumel and Ocho Rios.

The band ended up on the cruise ship’s roster after a combination of word of mouth in the music community and a few CDs that were sent in as an audition and captured the major cruise line’s attention.

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