Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has become the largest charitable music event in the Southeast since its inception in 2001. Including this past weekend’s event, the organiz26425931434_e6577b803a_zation has more than $6.5 million for the Triangle community to date.

Progressive bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles headlined the show, joined by the Americana band The Devil Makes Three. Dr. Bacon, winner of the 2016 Last Band Standing event, opened the concert – a highlight for the rising band from Western North Carolina.

“Saturday was a beautiful night for music, fun and friends and a great celebration of our yearlong partnership with Kidznotes,” said Matt Strickland, executive director for Band Together. “We’ve raised a million dollars to positively change students’ lives in Raleigh and Durham. And I am grateful for the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, the generosity of our donors and sponsors, and the support of a music-loving community.”

Proceeds raised this year will go towards expanding Kidznotes programs in Raleigh and Durham.

Kidznotes introduces children to classical music by providing 10 hours of music instruction each week free of charge to all participants.  But more than that, Kidznotes uses music as a catalyst for change.

We are honored to have spent the last year in partnership with Band Together,” said Katie Wyatt, executive director Kidznotes, “and to have exceeded our shared goal. Thanks to the event, volunteers and our amazing fundraisers, we will double the number of students participating in Kidznotes next year. Kidznotes will be able to change the life trajectory for almost 300 additional students by the 2016-17 school year.”

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