LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WDEF) — He’s written songs for Luke Combs, and Riley Inexperienced.
Now nation music artist Channing Wilson is placing on a profit live performance this Thursday evening, to lift cash for the marching band at his alma mater – LaFayette Excessive College.
Wilson might write and play music for a dwelling now, however he used to play soccer whereas attending LaFayette Excessive.
He needs to offer again to the band that when supported him out on the sector.
“I realized that the band didn’t get any form of public funding for devices or uniforms or something,” Wilson stated. “And primarily we had been counting on spaghetti gross sales and automobile washes and totally different fundraisers to lift cash. And I’ve been elevating cash for different individuals my entire life, enjoying music and stuff. So I assumed, hmm, I’ll attempt to, you understand, attempt to put a present collectively. Perhaps I can elevate some cash for them.”
Band Director Brandon Self says their band is rising, which is an effective downside to have, however with extra individuals, it prices extra money.
“We had about 45 new members out of the 100 we had in the entire group,” Self stated. “We’re graduating 11, however we anticipate one other 30 to 35, so we discover that the expansion is coming. We’re making an attempt to do a ton of fundraisers to attempt to ensure that each pupil that is available in has a chance within the band.”
And enjoying within the band isn’t low-cost both. Every uniform prices $250.
“One thing else that we had been apprehensive about with all these college students coming in is that we don’t have sufficient tools, devices,” Self stated. “We don’t have sufficient uniforms to assist that. So we’re going into this August, this college yr, we’re like, we’ve acquired to consider subsequent yr. We’ve acquired to determine one thing out. We’ve acquired to double up on fundraising. How are we going to afford to get these uniforms?”
Wilson says those that attend the profit live performance Thursday evening will get their cash’s value. He says to anticipate some nice music from him, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter James Otto.
“Each of these guys, even with out me, could be an incredible present,” Wilson stated. “It’s going to be like a songwriters within the spherical setting. We’re form of just like the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the place you sort’ve go a tune to one another as you go, and the tales can get actually humorous and actually good. And typically we are able to even jam together with one another since we all know one another’s songs. After which we’ve acquired some native pupil songwriters that go to LaFayette, they’re going to open the present in the identical method.”
Wilson says it’s essential for teenagers to be concerned in music – whether or not it’s for a future profession, or simply for enjoyable.
“Nicely, for me, I couldn’t think about getting by life with out having some form of music to lean on, even when I didn’t play,” he stated. “It’s so essential simply to have music to assist get you thru the day typically. However someone has to play it, you understand, there must be somebody creating it. And if there’s no funding or encouragement or something, you understand, with out individuals displaying as much as your reveals, you don’t have a job.”
Music can be a manner for him to bond along with his son Carter, who performs percussion within the band.
“After I’m doing it together with my dad, it simply – it makes me pleased to see him watching me, and it makes him pleased too,” Carter Wilson stated.
Not solely is band nice for enjoying music, however Self says it creates lifelong friendships and recollections.
“They’ll all the time look again on these moments as the times that they want they might return to,” Self stated. “I believe that’s why it’s essential for our college students to have the chance to be in music and in band, as a result of there’s nothing else prefer it.”
“All people’s all the time good to you, and so they’re normally supportive, and so they normally assist you to while you need assistance,” stated Wyatt Smith, a freshman band member.
You possibly can purchase tickets for Thursday evening’s profit live performance right here.
If you happen to can’t make it to the present, you’ll be able to nonetheless donate to the band on their web site, ramblerband.com.