The weather couldn’t have been better for the annual Keep the Beat Music Marathon at SMUS last Friday. All levels of musical talent from the Middle and Senior Schools sang, danced and strummed to raise money and support for War Child Canada.
The marathon kicked off in morning Chapel, where the students enjoyed a performance by Grade 11 student Jake McCloskey. At the lunchtime acoustic concert, Curtis Smith made the audience laugh with his short jingle, and the Middle School ensemble of Mark Yorath, Charlie Gannon and Lindon Carter played some popular rock covers. Keep the Beat wrapped up the marathon with a Rock Band competition after school, where students used the popular video game to create their performances.
Grade 12 student Victoria Ker, president of the Arts Council was happy to see t-shirts sell out quickly and the events run smoothly. “It was truly a team effort of the Arts Council and the students to get the event together this year,” says Victoria, who had a lead hand in the event this year and could be found manning the t-shirt and CD booth at lunch.
War Child Canada is an organization dedicated to providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance to war-affected children around the world. The SMUS marathon raises funds through sales of t-shirts and of the Keep the Beat CD, a compilation of SMUS musicians’ songs.