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Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

Spring Hometown 2014

Fiddlers ReStrung "10th Anniversary Hometown Concert"
April 26 to Feature "The Jeremy Kittel Band"

Saline, March 2013. Fiddlers ReStrung will be celebrating its 10th year with its annual Spring Hometown Concert featuring Saline's "hometown star" Jeremy Kittel. This not to be missed event will be held at Saline High School's Ewing Center for the Performing Arts, on Saturday, April 26th starting at 6:30 PM. As the feature guest artist, Jeremy (violin/viola) will be joined on stage by members of The Jeremy Kittel Band, which highlights the talents of Josh Pinkham (mandolin), Simon Chrisman (hammered dulcimer), and new addition Quinn Bachand (guitar/fiddle).

Jimmy Whitman, Fiddlers ReStrung's Artistic Director, will start the show with the talents of the 6th Grade and Middle School Fiddle Clubs, who will perform several songs they have learned as emerging fiddle players. The show will transition to a set spotlighting Saline's own beloved Fiddlers ReStrung, which will play songs specifically scripted and prepared for this event along with many of their traditional favorites. As always, the performance culminates with ReStrung's version of Bill Monroe's classic "The Orange Blossom Special", for which all fiddle players are invited to come on down and join in.

The performance concludes with a set by The Jeremy Kittel Band. Jeremy is known for his work with Grammy winning Turtle Island String Quartet and as a virtuoso jazz improviser and national champion celtic fiddler. His most recent album "Chasing Sparks"
features other internationally known guests Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, and Edgar Meyer. Among his exceptional recognitions, Jeremy was the initial winner of The Daniel Pearl Award and he has graced the cover of Strings Magazine. Please visit his website www.jeremykittel.com.

Moreover, Jeremy is committed to teaching others of all ages and enjoys mentoring those from his hometown. He and his bandmates will be performing class time clinics for as many Saline Orchestra classes as possible ahead of the concert. The band will
also host a public workshop for interested students on Sunday, April 27th at 2:30pm in the High School Orchestra Room. Cost for the public workshop is $10. Tickets are available for the show at the door ahead of the performance or can be purchased ahead
of the show for "will call" at (734) 663-8923. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

Fiddlers ReStrung is a string ensemble comprising over 20 students of Saline High School who are featured at over 60 performances, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity as well as balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.

For additional information on Fiddlers ReStrung, please contact Rebecca Groeb-Driskill Cultural Arts Specialist, Saline Area Schools at (734) 429-8020 or visit the website www.fiddlersrestrung.com.

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Sunday, 09 February 2014 00:00

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

2013 Holiday Hometown

Saline, Nov. 11, 2013. Fiddlers ReStrung announced that its annual Holiday Hometown Concert for Toys for Tots will be Sunday, December, 8, 2013 at 2PM at Saline High School’s Ewing Performing Arts Center. In the spirit of community and the season, the concert will spotlight Saline’s own Fiddlers ReStrung along with the Saline High School Drum Line and the 6th grade and 7th/8th grade Saline Fiddle Clubs.

Also, in what has become a seasonal tradition, Fiddlers ReStrung will again be combining forces with the Saline Area Fire Department’s Toys for Tots collection for children in the Saline and Washtenaw County communities. In previous years the campaign raised more than 1,500 toys in support of the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. For the past six years, the Fire Department and Fiddlers ReStrung have collected more than 5500 toys distributed by Saline Area Social Services.

“The Toys for Tots campaign demonstrates in a very meaningful way the great relationship that exists in our community between the Fire Department, Fiddlers ReStrung and, of course, the Saline community itself,” said Chief Hoeft.  “On behalf of the families benefiting from this holiday generosity, I cannot say enough about the inspiring outpouring of holiday spirit we receive every year.”

The Saline Fire Dept. has hosted a toy collection to benefit children identified through Saline Social Services for many years.  Ten years ago Saline firefighter and U.S. Marine Corps Reservist Kurt Schneider initiated the fire department’s alliance with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program. 

Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.  First Lady Nancy Reagan served as the national Spokesperson in 1983.  First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national Spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.

Fiddlers ReStrung is a 25-piece string ensemble featured at 60 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity, as well as balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.

For additional information on this event or Fiddlers ReStrung, please contact Rebecca Groeb-Driskill, Cultural Arts Specialist, Saline Area Schools at (734) 429-8000 ext. 2338 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.fiddlersrestrung.com.

Tickets for Fiddlers ReStrung Toys for Tots Concert are $10 for adults or $5 for seniors/students and are available at the door or by calling (734) 663-8923.

A non-profit organization sponsored by Saline Community Education to advance progressive string education

 

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

2014 Audition

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