February 4, 2014

Two members of Culver Military Academy’s Band unit are using their senior service project to bring to life the music of an area student killed in a car accident on Oct. 10, 2011.

Kemble Manning

Kemble Manning

Drum Major Kemble Manning (Knox, Ind.) is from the same community as Andrew Shearin, who died in a single-car accident on Indiana 8 between Knox and Culver.  Now Manning and Denver Blackson (Ellensburg, Wash.) are busy putting the final details on their efforts to bring Shearin’s original music to life in a unique concert at the Culver Academies.

The concert will be in Eppley Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. The music will be performed by the Culver Academies orchestra and choir and web broadcast live on High School Cube. Shearin was a Knox High School student who excelled in music and wrote original pieces that won state awards.

Denver Blackson

Denver Blackson

The concert is free and open to the public, but donations will be taken to benefit the Drew’s Gift of Music Foundation. T-shirts will be available for those people making donations of $10 or more.

Drew’s Gift of Music assists local students in need to purchase their favorite instruments. More than $25,000 has been raised to date.

As members of Band, Manning and Blackson believe this is the perfect service project for them to share with the community. They hope this will expose more people to Shearin’s music while benefiting the foundation and give even more students the opportunity to experience the power of music.

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