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March Musical Marrowthon takes Center Stage

March 19, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Student Entertainment Team and Alpha Phi Omega are co-sponsoring March Musical Marrowthon, a concert on Center Stage at the Bernhard Center Friday, March 21, from 8 to 11 p.m. The free three-hour concert is open to the public and is one of several student-sponsored events supporting the March 25 campus bone marrow drive.

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March Musical Marrowthon is an evening of musical entertainment and education about National Marrow Donor Program. Performers are from the WMU School of Music, Department of Theatre and Student Musical Therapy Association.

Performers include senior Justin Avery, on keyboard and vocal; senior Christina Roe Lane Johnson, vocal jazz; theatre faculty member Allison Downey, on vocal and guitar; Kristyn Hemingway and Kate Nadolski, folk/rock guitar and vocal; Devon Beck and Adrian Rosas, vocal duet; "Pocketwood Mandingo", a local-based jazz, funk and bluegrass band; and many more.

"What a better way to show a person's love for life and the joy of music!" Sue Green, advisor for SET said. "We are celebrating Taylor's life with a bone marrow drive to not only educate people about the disease, but to communicate through one of his first loves, which was music."

Frank McGlynn, 18, a saxophone player for "Pocket Wood Mandingo" said a lot of people don't know about the disease involving bone marrow and music will keep the people interested in the evening of information that will be provided between performances. He also hopes people will walk away with interest and a concept of bone marrow disease and what they can do to help. "I just want to do what I can," said McGlynn. "I can play music to attract people."

Jenna Artherton, a co-president of the Student Musical Therapy Association, said students should take a moment to relax and think about why some people need to the bone marrow. "We all have a common reason to be there," said Artherton. "It is a great opportunity for us to perform from our heart."

SET is a registered student organization, which provides free entertainment at Center Stage. It is operated with volunteer students who are dedicated to bringing comedians, various music and game shows, such as the upcoming concert by Knee Deep Shag, a pop/rock favorite April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the National Marrow Donor Program, visit <marrow.org>. For more information about the March Musical Marrowthon, contact Joanne Sham at (269) 387 4888.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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