The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra will host a concert and festival to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, July 14, 7-9 p.m., at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, Sykesville.
The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid to help injured military service personnel, as well as providing programs to assist them in their return to civilian life.
The project is among several that have benefited from outreach efforts of the rock orchestra, which is composed of local student musicians, Many of whom earn service learning hours as members of the group.
The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra is a program within the Freedom Area Recreation Council. Through the orchestra, music students work with adult mentors under the musical leadership of organizer Joey Dundore, a music teacher who has taught for Carroll County Public Schools.
The group organized in fall 2010, and now has about 50 musicians, crew and volunteers — including youths as well as adults. The band has performed or raised money from several local charitable and community organizations, including Carroll County Food Sunday, South Carroll Senior Center, Susan G. Komen, Town of Sykesville, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The July 14 event will be hosted by radio personality Mark Zinno of 105.7 The Fan, and will include a silent auction, an appearance by Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe, the Ravens mascot, a two-set concert by the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, a magic show during intermission and video presentations throughout. Local Boy Scouts will also participate in the event.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. so people can view auction items. The program will run 7-9 p.m.
Tickets $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more details about the event, or about the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, go to http://www.jdcrockorchestra.org.
The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra is funded in part by a Community Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.