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Sunday Symphony concert will feature local performer

Sunday's Augusta Symphony concert at Thomson High School is a homecoming of sorts for Anne Marie Thomas.

The second clarinet for the symphony, Mrs. Thomas first came to Thomson in 1993, when she and husband, Jeff, taught clarinet and saxophone lessons at Thomson middle and high schools. Following an educational sojourn to Ohio State University - where she completed her clarinet performance degree, the couple came back to the area.

"We were thrilled to settle in Thomson," she said.

Since coming back to town, Mrs. Thomas has been playing with the Augusta Symphony - where she won the second clarinet position last year - and teaching private clarinet lessons in Thomson and through the Augusta State University conservatory program. Also, she spent the 2003-2004 football season as the color guard instructor for the Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade.

And that's just the group that she - and the rest of the symphony - will be helping out Sunday.

The Augusta Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Donald Portnoy, performs its fourth "Music to the People" Concert in Thomson, on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Thomson High School Auditorium.

The concert is as a fundraiser for the Thomson High Band program, and is the first concert in the Activities Council of Thomson's 2006 Chamber Series.

The Thomson High Band Booster Club will host a spaghetti luncheon prior to the concert from 1-2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $12 for a combination dinner/concert ticket or $7 for general admission to the concert, and $5 for the spaghetti dinner. Tickets can be purchased from High School band members, The Thomson High School Band Office (706.986.4260), The Thomson High School Main Office (706.986.4200) or the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce (706.597.1000).

All proceeds benefit the Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade Marching Band, who has been invited to participate in the commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Bombing in December of 2006 in Hawaii. They have received invitations to perform various Patriotic concerts and participate in the Hui Ana of Bands-Waikiki Holiday Parade. The Bulldog Brigade is currently raising funds to take 200 High School Band Members on this trip of a lifetime. Their goal is to raise $1,700 per student.

This concert is sponsored by the Thomson High School Band Boosters, the Activities Council of Thomson and the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce.

Web posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006

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