Supports the Arts, Local School and Student Musicians
The 10,000 Lakes
Festival provides much needed musical instruments for the
Detroit Lakes Public School Jazz Band.
A portion of every festival ticket purchased is donated to
multiple organizations and charities including the Detroit
Lakes Public School District, the Becker County Humane Society,
The Rex Foundation, Conscious Alliance, The Master's Theatre,
The Seven Below Arts Initiative and more. Thank
you for your support!
"New band instruments,
thanks to concert owner"
Vicki Gerdes DL-Online
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The 10,000 Lakes Festival held annually at the Soo Pass
Ranch in Detroit Lakes, is a celebration of musical creativity
that features a wide range of genres, from blues and jazz
to rock and reggae.
In its first four years of existence,
the 10KLF has attracted fans from more than 40 states, to
listen to and enjoy the kind of music rarely heard on commercial
Conceived as a forum for music to be played and shared
with friends for the sheer joy of it, the 10KLF’s
founding partners feel that “the early training of
young musicians assures the continued exploration and enjoyment
of music as an art form,” said Chyrll Sparks, promotional
director for Festivals and Concert Events, Inc., in a press
release (FACE, Inc., operates both the 10,000 Lakes Festival
and WE Fest).
In keeping with that philosophy, the
10,000 Lakes Festival has chosen the Detroit Lakes Public
Schools Instrumental Music Program as one of the recipients
of its charitable contributions in 2007.
Rand Levy, Minneapolis
concert promoter and founder of the 10,000 Lakes Festival
(in which he remains a partner), was at Monday night’s
Detroit Lakes High School Jazz Band Spring Concert to dedicate
the instruments that were donated to DL schools this spring.
“The wonderful part about being able to give to
a program like this is that it’s tangible — you
can see (the effect it has),” Levy said in his remarks
during the concert. “It’s our ambition to continue
to find ways to give back to the community.”
financial contribution provided the Detroit Lakes Public
Schools with a number of band instruments, which will be
used for live performances, and loaned to students who
cannot afford an instrument of their own.
Under this program,
the DL schools purchased a full set of drums, a bass drum,
a baritone saxophone, a clarinet and a flute, along with
some percussion instruments like chimes, bongos, slapsticks,
sleigh bells and a jam block. These instruments were distributed
among the elementary, middle and high schools, according
to the press release.
In an interview following the presentation,
Levy expanded on his earlier remarks, noting, “Giving is an ongoing
thing. It’s an obligation all of us have to give
back… and there are so many ways to do it.”
fact, Levy hopes that the festival can eventually help
the DL music program to become self-sustaining, and extend
its charitable efforts to help other schools in the area.
“There’s always a reason to give,” he
said. “If we can have a legacy where we can consistently
give back (to the community) … that’s a good
legacy for the future.”