2018-02-11 / News

3rd Degree Burns to perform 11th Young Musicians Concert on Feb. 17

LAPEER COUNTY — It’s February, which means it’s time for the 11th Annual Young Musicians Community concert featuring youth-led rock band 3rd Degree Burns’ the ‘Future of Rock & Roll’ Concert Tour 2018.

This year’s concert is Feb. 17 at Davison High School Auditorium at 1250 N. Oak Rd. in Davison. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the performance is 6-9 p.m. As in years past, the event will feature silent auctions and Chinese raffle items and a 50/50 raffle. And in addition to the usual yearly giveaways, according to Gary Burns, director and manager of 3rd Degree Burns, they’re adding something special. “Something new this year is we have two $500 prepaid Visa Credit Cards to raffle which if shipped, are insured by USPS,” he said.

Burns is the heart and soul of the Rock & Roll Project sponsored by Young Musicians Community (YMC), a local non-profit organization that helps kids learn to perform in a band and develop their artistic skills, at no cost to the students.

“This very dynamic and talented band always surprises crowds with their versatility and range in the variety of musical gifts they bring to their audiences,” said Burns of youth-led 3rd Degree Burns. “Last year we did 21 shows through the summer and not just in our own communities but all over Michigan.”

Today, membership in the musical group is not only about learning to play great rock and roll, it is a model for young adults to learn acceptance and develop leadership skills. “Acceptance, through God’s gift of music, to break down every social barrier including race, gender, age, handicap and income,” Burns said. Band members leave the program with leadership skills, to stand up against those social barriers and to accept each other for the great qualities that each of them possess.

The 11th Annual show in Davison on Saturday supports the musical efforts of the YMC and 3rd Degree Burns. “The event is crucial to providing the funds needed so each of these kids can continue moving forward in their commitment to music, while acquiring the wonderful feeling when giving back to one’s community,” said Burns. And if a person cannot attend the Feb. 17 show, he or she can still donate. Donations to YMC are tax deductible.

Burns hopes that the chance to take home a pair of $500 gift cards will spur community generosity. “We are raffling $500 prepaid VISA credit cards, that’s right, not one but two,” said Burns. “With $10, you are doubling your chances of winning $500. Where can you go today to get that kind of exchange?”

Donations can also be directed toward www.y-m-c.org, the organization’s website, featuring a donation button on the homepage. “There is our very secured PayPal account where we see only your name, email address, amount and confirmation,” said Burns. “If you leave any notes at all, type ‘Donation’ only. If any other words are typed such as raffle, visa, et cetera, your donation will be refused and we will have to start all over again.” Donation deadline is midnight on Feb. 13.

A member of YMC staff will then email the ticket with the raffle numbers, with the raffle ticket stub going into the ‘Golden Raffle Barrel’ on the day of the show. “We will draw two winners at 8:45 p.m. on the evening of February 17 with each recipient receiving their $500 prepaid Visa Credit Card by insured USPS,” said Burns. Winners do not need to be present. “So act soon, there are only 500 tickets printed and there will be no more printed once these tickets are sold out,” added Burns. Entries into the drawings of the $500 Visa Card are also available for purchase Monday- Friday at Sullivan & Sullivan Office Building, 1100 S. Lapeer Rd. in Lapeer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Jan. 31-Feb. 14 while supplies last.

All monies from this fundraiser and accompanying donations go to funding of scholarships for the students, concert performances, new equipment, instrument repairs, transportation and advertising supplies. “All essential items needed to keep our kids learning for free and performing for fundraisers and other great events,” Burns said. Donations are accepted at the fundraiser and also at any time during the year. For more information or to donate, visit www.y-m-c.org

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