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Kingfield POPS Supports Music Education In SAD 58

The Kingfield POPS presents a $500 check to Bea Milewski (sitting), director of the SAD 58 Music Program.The Kingfield POPS presents a $500 check to Bea Milewski (sitting), director of the SAD 58 Music Program.KINGFIELD -- The Kingfield POPS presented a $500 check to SAD 58 Music Director Bea Milewski at a ceremony at Mt. Abram High School on Jan. 30. The funds are designated for the district’s instrumental band program.“We’re incredibly pleased to be able to help support Bea Milewski’s music program,” said David Hart, vice president of the Kingfield POPS. “She has personally been responsible for training dozens of young musicians in this area.Without Bea there would be no band. The POPS wishes to honor her outstanding achievement by helping her further her mission, which is right in line with our mission -- to help create music enrichment opportunities for young people. And the best way for us to do that is to help support the band.”District Superintendent Quenten Clark, one of Milewski’s most dedicated supporters, pointed out that one of the great proofs of her success is that in six years she has created a band “from scratch” and brought them to a level where they can travel to Orlando, Fla., to perform a concert at the Universal Studios STARS Stage at Disney World.Milewski and the band members have been preparing for the trip for two years -– not only training, practicing and rehearsing, but also raising money. Costs have included not only the travel itself, but also new uniforms, new instruments and music.The Kingfield POPS may be best known for bringing the magic of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra to the Western Mountains, but its mission, POPS president Donald Tranten explained, includes supporting youth music programs, performance opportunities and education throughout the region. “Making a contribution to the Mt. Abram Band,” he said, “offers a terrific opportunity for the POPS to further the music enrichment of youths in our backyard.”The 2007 Kingfield POPS, which will take place on June 30, features the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and offers additional opportunities for music enrichment for youth.“Not only do we keep the performance accessible to families with children by offering free admission to young people under age 17 (accompanied by an adult), but this year’s event will also feature some exceptionally talented youth performers from the region,” Tranten explained.For more information about Kingfield POPS, e-mail Deborah Robie at info@kingfieldpops.com or call her at 512-2924. For information on the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, call Johnna Lacey at 942-5555.The Kingfield POPS presents a $500 check to Bea Milewski (sitting), director of the SAD 58 Music Program.The Kingfield POPS presents a $500 check to Bea Milewski (sitting), director of the SAD 58 Music Program.

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