Ainad Shriners team with OTHS jazz band for charity concert

Shriner concert web picO’FALLON – The Ainad Shriner’s Drum and Bugle Corps has teamed up with the O’Fallon High School Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble to put on a concert and raise money for charity.

The show, which first began last year when the Corps played with Belleville West High School, will raise money for Shriners Charities, the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center, and the O’Fallon Band program.  Kurt Grosse, who currently serves as the treasurer of the Ainad Shriner Drum and Bugle Corps and has previously served as Potentate, said it’s shaping up to be a great show.

“It’s a great night to listen to some music. You get to see the older guys and some really talented young musicians. It’s going to be a really fun night and everyone will have a great time,” said Grosse. “We want to give back to the community and help the young people. We also want to raise money for our Shriners Charity, which includes the Shriners Hospital.”

Last year, each charity received around $1,600 each.

The idea for the concert first began as a way to keep the Drum and Bugle Corps members in practice during the winter when they had a lighter performance schedule.

“We want to keep our guys sharp over the winter time and if we have a concert to go for it puts a bit of bait out in front of the horse to practice and work hard. We play other concerts throughout the year,” Grosse said.

The concert, which takes place on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, located at 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville, will feature a variety of acts and information.

“The Ainad Drum Corps will have the first set, which will be about a 20 minute performance. Then we’ll have a presentation from the learning center, before the O’Fallon Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble play. Then there will be a presentation by the Shrine, before the concert wraps with the Drum Corps playing another 20 minute set,” said Grosse.

Grosse said after the concert everyone is invited up to the dining room to have complementary food and socialize to meet the performers.

The concert is open to everyone. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, please contact the Ainad Shrine at (618) 874-1870.