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Capitol Theatre rocks for two causes

February 06, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -The first note struck by the bass player of the Franklin County-based band Good For Nothing reverberated throughout the seats of The Capitol Theatre and into one's chest.

VH1 is hoping it hit some hearts.

Proceeds from the concert, which featured four area bands, benefited VH1's Save the Music Foundation, as well as tsunami relief efforts.

More than 250 people attended the show, which featured the bands Good For Nothing, Lennex, Halestorm and Fourth Element.

Adam Priest, 19, lead singer of Fourth Element, said Save the Music is a worthy endeavor.

"It's an awesome cause," he said.

Priest began playing piano when he was young, then moved on to the guitar.

"Without music, I don't know exactly who I would be," he said. "Music is such a creative art."

Although Priest's hometown of Eldersburg, Md., has a strong school music program, Priest said he knows that's not the case in other parts of the country.

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"A lot of areas could use some help," he said.

According to VH1's Web site, the Save the Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country.

The organization purchases new musical instruments to restore music education programs that have been cut because of budget reductions, or to save programs at risk of elimination because of a lack of instruments.

Since its inception in 1997, Save the Music has donated more than $25 million worth of musical instruments to 1,000 public schools in 80 cities, the Web site said.

Drew Adams, 18, lead singer of Good For Nothing, played the saxophone and percussion in school.

He said he would not be as proficient in music today were it not for his experiences with music in school.

Most of those in the crowd looked to be high schoolers, including one group that stood along the stage and didn't seem to mind exposing their eardrums to massive speakers and amps.

Erik Sollenberger, 15, said he tried playing music in school, but couldn't keep a beat. He's still an admirer of those who can, however.

"Music's an important thing to me," he said. "I love it."

Perhaps two of the oldest people in the crowd were Pauline and Lewis Short. Pauline said proudly that she is 75 and her husband is 80. Their grandson, Bill Kissel, is the lead guitarist for Good For Nothing.

Pauline Short said she played guitar by ear when she was younger.

"I love music," she said as she waited for the show to begin.

As he waited for his turn on the stage, Priest sat at a table in the theater's lobby, selling his band's T-shirts and CDs. The band recently put out a five-song EP and has toured to sites as far away as Texas.

He and his band mates hope to make their living playing.

"Everybody needs music," he said.

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