Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

October 22, 2013

Percussive beat for Wood Hill benefit

What do you get when you combine percussion, recycling and a whole lot of fun? Billy Jonas and his band. And they are headed to Andover on Friday, Nov. 1, to perform a benefit for the Wood Hill Middle School Parent Advisory Council.

The family-oriented concert starts at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium on Cross Street and the community is invited to attend.

Organizers say Jonas is known for making his entire audience part of his ensemble. His percussion-based music makes use of found objects — buckets, broom handles, bottles, key chains and more — as well as traditional instruments to both entertain and educate.

Tickets are $5; children must attend with an adult. Proceeds will support educational programs at Wood Hill Middle School.

Earlier in the day, students at Wood Hill Middle and High Plain Elementary will participate in Jonas’ educational performances targeted for their age group. Themes will include ecological awareness, community connection and curriculum-related songs.

Jonas has performed across the U.S. and Canada, including at the White House. His CD, “What Kind of Cat are You?!” received multiple awards, including a First Place/Gold from American Federation of Independent Musicians and a Parents’ Choice Gold. His videos have also garnered acclaim, including Parents Choice Awards and a New York Times “Best” listing.

For advance tickets or more information, contact Donna Robinson at donna_robinson@comcast.net.

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