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Rhythm and Dunes Benefits Local School Music Programs

06-Oct-2015 West Shore Bank is pleased to announce that for the fourth year in a row, a portion of the proceeds from its Rhythm & Dunes summer concert series was donated to benefit music programs of local area schools. Record crowds of music-fans flocked to Waterfront Park in Downtown Ludington to enjoy the two performances this summer.   In addition to performances from The Long Run, An Eagles Tribute and Britain’s Finest, The Complete Beatles Experience, crowds were treated to performances by Ludington High School’s O-Funk Pep Band and the Mason County Central Jazz Band.

The Bank is elated to extend donations to three Mason County schools – Ludington Area Schools, Mason County Central, and Mason County Eastern. Donations accepted during the concerts, food vendor fees and other merchandise sales increased the total funds donated this year to $10,500, almost double the amount donated last year.

“After not having band for three years, last year - with the help from West Shore Bank’s Rhythm and Dunes school donation - we were able to start an after school music program. The funds helped to provide loaner instruments and music to students who were interested in the program. With this years’ donation we are excited to build on the Musical Minds Music Club and involve many more students throughout the year,” stated Paul T. Shoup, Principal and Superintendent of Mason County Eastern Schools.

“The donations have been a huge benefit to our music program,” said Tom Thomas, Music Director of Mason County Central Schools. “We have used the funds to purchase instruments for students who cannot afford them, as well as reeds, valve oil and cork grease that we provide at no charge for students who are unable to buy their own. All monies are used to help kids with the expense of being in band and choir. We’ve been able to pay fees for state solo and ensemble festivals for choir and band, and this year we plan to start a uniform fund with the goal of replacing our 30-year-old band uniforms.”

Keith Kuczynski, Music Director for Ludington Schools shared, “With these funds, we’ve been able to purchase sheet music for our various bands – concert band, jazz band, 7th and 8th grade bands, solo and ensemble, and our pep band, O-Funk. We’ve also been able to pay for the cost of maintenance and repair for school-owned instruments, as well as buy supplies. Students with financial hardships are able to use school owned instruments, and this has continued to be possible through donations from West Shore Bank’s Rhythm and Dunes concerts.”

West Shore Bank would like to thank the community for its support of the Rhythm & Dunes concerts and for coming out to enjoy the shows. The Bank would also like to express thanks to its other supporting vendors: Lela’s Kettle Corn, Boney Island Barbecue, Jimmy John’s of Ludington and SAMM’s Concessions. At a luncheon held on Thursday, October 1, the Bank presented their donation to representatives from each school.

 “The turnout for this year’s concerts was phenomenal,” said Raymond A. Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank. “West Shore Bank is proud to support and make a difference in our communities and our schools.  It’s an honor to come together with our friends and neighbors to celebrate and support music education for our local students.”

As an independent and locally owned bank, we take pride in helping our communities. With locations throughout Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties, West Shore Bank is committed to making a real difference in the local community and providing valuable financial solutions to all its customers. 


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