Dear Decaturish – Buy citrus, support Lakeside High music students

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 21, 2016
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Dear Decaturish,

I hope the Decatur community will again support the annual fundraising program conducted by Lakeside High School’s music students.  Beginning Sept. 27 through the end of October, students enrolled in the school’s award-winning music programs will sell fresh citrus fruits from Florida Indian River Groves to raise money for the school’s band, orchestra and chorus.  Orders will be taken through October, with delivery scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3.  Decaturish readers who would like to purchase citrus, but do not know any music students, may place an order directly by emailing

DeKalb County is extremely fortunate that Lakeside offers an outstanding music program under the direction of David Fairchild, whose own music career began when he was a student at Lakeside High School, as well as Thomas FitzStephens and Michael Giel.  Numerous studies have shown the many benefits of arts education, especially music, in terms of enhanced learning abilities, greater comprehension of math and language and higher graduation rates.

The students also perform frequently for the public.  In addition to halftime performances at Lakeside’s football games, the following concerts are scheduled:  the Fall Choral Concert, Oct. 13; the Fall Orchestra Concert, Oct. 18; and the Fall Band Concert, Nov. 3.  All will be held in Lakeside’s fine arts auditorium at 7 p.m. and are free to attend.”

Funds raised from the citrus sale help underwrite the free public concerts, and also are used for a variety of music department needs including new instruments, instrument repair, travel expenses, music costs, guest clinicians, group lessons and sectionals among other items.  A fundraising program concluded earlier this fall will support upcoming visits by Dr. Paul Bhasin, director of wind studies at Emory University, and Dr. Chester Phillips, associate director of bands at Georgia State University.  Readers can learn more about Lakeside music by visiting the following three Facebook pages:


David Guthrie


Lakeside Band Association


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