AUGUSTA, GA (Christen Carter) – Georgia Regents University and The 12 Bands of Christmas will celebrate local bands with ties to the university with the release of a new CD featuring their music.
Volume I, which includes music by GRU students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters, features tracks by Black Swan Lake, Eskimojitos, Funk You, Impulse Ride, Jeremy Graham Band , People Who Must, Snapdragon, The Radar Cinema, The Ramblin’ Fevers, and Will McCranie.
The album also features two recordings from the GRU Orchestra, including the “GRU Alma Mater,” performed together with Tonya Currier, 12 Bands artist and Administrative Director of the GRU American Opera and Musical Theater Institute.
“This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and thank those who have dedicated their resources and talent to our university and community with a gift that keeps giving,” said David Brond, GRU Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing. “Through our partnership with 12 Bands, we hope to create an annual tradition with a CD release that celebrates the talents of our university and local community.”
Copies of the CD will be available later this month at GRU bookstores on the Summerville and Health Sciences campuses and select campus events, for a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
“All CD donations will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Georgia,” said 12 Bands Director Joe Stevenson. “We’re excited to partner with GRU in support of the children and families who visit CHOG each year, and for the opportunity to showcase local talent.”
The 12 Bands of Christmas started in 2001 with a mission to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. In 2003, a recorded CD was added. To date, 12 Bands has raised more than $250,000 to support families of pediatric cancer patients.