Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Simon Estes to perform in Atlantic as part of his "Roots and Wings" tour

He is asking Iowa students to help save lives

One of Iowa’s most iconic figures is coming to Cass County and will be singing at a concert that will also feature our All-State vocalists on Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m. in the Atlantic High School Auditorium.  Simon Estes will perform at the concert along with students from all of the schools in Cass County and a limited number of tickets will go on sale October 1st for $20 at locations in Anita, Atlantic, Griswold and Massena.

On October 28th he will be meeting with high school students from Atlantic, Griswold and CAM to deliver a message of motivation.  He believes Iowa has the best students in the country and that they have many skills and wants to encourage them to set high goals and work hard to achieve them.

Estes is also launching a campaign to raise money to help combat malaria in Africa.  He has released a CD of 15 songs and has asked the students of Iowa to sell three of them by the end of November.  He will donate $5 of every $15 sale to buy nets for the children in Africa to sleep under protecting them from the malaria spreading mosquitoes.  He is also donating $1 for every CD sold to participating school districts.

In celebration of the CD sales he has organized an event December 15 at 3 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, that will feature a chorus of students from across Iowa.  Each district has been invited to send between five and ten students to the event to perform several songs, again with Estes performing along with the Iowa student chorus.  Songs will include Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”, performed with the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra , as well as standard Christmas Carols.

CDs will be on sale at CAM beginning October 14th and running until November 30.  We will be selling at events like the variety show, at churches and other locations, but please contact the high school at 712-762-3231 if you are interested and would like a copy of the CD.  Some will be on hand to sell, but we may also be taking orders and getting them to you before Christmas in case you want to give one as a gift.

This is an unique event that we’re hoping to use to raise funds for the music programs, specifically the purchase of new band uniforms.