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November 7, 2013

Editorial: Music ambassadors deserve support

There are a lot of high school bands and other musical groups around Cape Ann and across the state that regularly hold fund-raisers for a variety of needs.

There aren’t many, however, that would host a benefit wine-tasting — just as there aren’t many student bands that would be raising money for a performing trip aboard a Carnival lines cruise ship.

Then again, Gloucester High School’s Docksiders aren’t just another student musical group or extracurricular school organization. Over their 12-year history, they have built a reputation as one of New England’s and really the nation’s premier school concert bands. That’s not only earned them dozens of appearances at events around the Boston area — including a 2011 performance before former President Bill Clinton — but a 2010 Hawaii concert tour that included a performance at Pearl Harbor, trips to Walt Disney World, and many more.

Now the Docksiders, under the guidance of GHS music director David Adams, are gearing up for perhaps their most ambitious venture yet — a week-long April gig as part of the featured entertainment aboard the 893-foot Carnival Cruise ship “Victory,” which can carry up to 2,754 passengers and boasts an onboard crew of 1,100.

And while rehearsing 45 songs for the cruise, they’re also playing at and hosting a major fund-raiser in the form of a wine-tasting this Saturday at The Gloucester House, with tickets priced at $25 and the event set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Over the years, this band has not only carved out a reputation for its musical expertise, but its members have also served as musical ambassadors for their school, and the city of Gloucester itself.

Let’s hope once again that the Docksiders this weekend draw the support they deserve. They’re well worth a listen – and the community investment.

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