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DPJH class organizes benefit concert to help fellow students

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

Music4AMissionIN SCHOOLS
A group of Deer Park Junior High Students are putting together a concert to assist two Deer Park ISD students. The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert featuring The Voice participant Chris Crump is set for April 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday. The show features Chris Crump, the DPHS Swing Choir and much more.

Students in a Deer Park Junior High program are gathering community support to help two other Deer Park ISD students fighting cancer.

The 12 students are part of the Big Red Caring Community Class at DPJH. The students volunteered to take the course and are organizing the Music 4 A Mission Concert, set for April 27 at the Performing Arts Center at Deer Park High School-South Campus.

The doors open at 5 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The show is headlined by local resident and participant on NBC’s The Voice Chris Crump. Other acts include the Deer Park High School Swing Choir and band, the Deer Park Junior High Choir and students from Dabbs Elementary.

According to DPJH Principal Tiffany Regan, 100 percent of the funds raised go to assisting Lane Bull and Iliana Zambrano.

Bull is a fourth-grader at Dabbs Elementary. In first grade, he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that develops from connective tissue in the body such as muscle, bone, and fat. It is a rare cancer that mainly occurs in children. He has recently undergone surgery to remove a tumor and is currently at home recovering.

Zambrano is a junior at Deer Park High School-South Campus. In August, she was diagnosed with Leukemia, a cancer that originates in blood-forming tissues. It is characterized by the uncontrollable growth of blood cells. She has gone through three rounds of chemotherapy and has two rounds left in this current phase of her treatment. She plays flute in the DPHS marching band.

Regan said the concert is completely organized by the students.

“Our Big Red students have contacted local businesses to garner donations for the silent auction they have planned. They spoke to Deer Park Rotary members in an effort to publicize their event. They have emailed and met with teachers to ask for their support at the concert,” she said. “They have spoken with vendors to secure a photo booth (they ended up getting the vendor to donate the booth and the vendor's time working the booth). They're just amazing! We need to harness their energy and desire to help more often. I am so proud of how well-spoken they are and how they represent our community.”

The concert will also feature a photo booth with retired NFL players, concessions, T-shirt sales, a silent auction and more. The announced player lineup includes retired Houston Texans Jim Herndon and Fred Weary, Will Parker of the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers legend Dan Pastorini.

“Our students have garnered backstage passes and signed merchandise from Aaron Watson and convinced representatives for Kendra Scott to donate auction items and set up a Kendra Gives Back Event at the concert,” Regan said.

Ticket sales begin March 25. Tickets can be purchased at DPISD schools or online at http://music4amission.weebly.com/