Lisa Markley And Bruce Balmer, Benefit Concert For Saint Cecilia School

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Markley and Balmer, together with Labyrinth Walk Coffeehouse, are thrilled to be hosting a concert to benefit the music department at St. Cecilia School here in Oak Cliff.

Saturday, April 18 7:30-10pm
LabyrinthWalk CoffeeHouse
advance tickets available through this link! scroll down to bottom of page
(Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff)
3839 W. Kiest Blvd,
Dallas TX 75233
Admission $15.00
ALL proceeds from ticket sales will go to St. Cecilia School!
(Labyrinth Walk has graciously donated the use of their space and their sound man for this event!)

St. Cecilia School, (St. Cecilia being the patron saint of music), is located in north Oak Cliff, two miles down the road from the Bishop Arts District. The school was established in 1935, and serves students here in Oak Cliff. The school is abundant in heart, but not in dollars. Many of the students at SCS are Catholic Charities scholarship recipients, and also qualify for the federal lunch program. St. Cecilia School remains committed to affordable tuition in order to better serve their parish and community. This does not leave much money for music equipment.

Lisa Markley is the music teacher at St. Cecilia. She is striving to bring the music program there to the next level, (such as arranging jazz and Latin-jazz for percussion and marimbas), but cannot accomplish this without "all the notes". The Chromatic add-ons for all the "Orff" xylophones will be an estimated $2000. (Think of this as finally getting all the "black keys" for your piano.)

St. Cecilia's vintage collection of Orff xylophones was donated to the school over 30 years ago in memory of the passing of their music teacher, Mr. Matthew Smith. Lisa wishes to continue the work of Mr. Smith in his memory.

"Miz" Markley is hoping also to raise enough money to purchase a classroom set of ukuleles--ideal for preparing smaller hands (2nd-3rd grades) for the guitar. This will cost approx. $1500+, (also, a classroom set of smaller guitars would be a secondary fundraising goal for the students when they are ready to transition to guitar).

Markley is hoping to expand their drum collection with 4 more "tubanos" (a free-standing student drum similar to the conga). This will make it easier to facilitate drum-circles with a full class.

Finally, (pie-in-the-sky), a proper set of choir risers runs about $3000+ (portable with safety rails on back and sides).
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