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Benton band turns tragedy into triumph


“Yes, I’m in the Band!” is what Benton Middle School students will be able to proudly proclaim, thanks to a family that is turning tragedy into triumph. 

Stacy Larkin, who died earlier this year at the age of 45 from heart problems, was a staunch supporter of the Benton Middle School Band program. His and wife Lisa’s son was a member of the band and believed no child wanting to explore their God-given musical talent should be left out because of their family’s inability to pay for an instrument, travel to competitions or attend the annual band trip to Disney World.

In memory of Stacy Larkin, Benton Band Director Evan McCormick initiated the “I’m In the Band” fund. In an effort to raise money to help aspiring band students, John and Tanya White are hosting a fish fry at 6 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 9, at Benton United Methodist Church, located at 4615 Palmetto Road in Benton.

Plates are $10 each and all proceeds will go to the “I’m In the Band” fund to help defray band-related expenses for children wanting to join the middle school music program.

The fun continues the next day with a Whiffle Ball Tournament. It will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Benton Dixie Fields. The cost is $100 per team. There will be a high school division and a younger division. Adults can play with their children, too.

For more information, or to register a team in the Whiffle Ball Tournament, text John White at (318) 470-3449. Monetary donations may also be sent directly to Benton Middle School. Checks should be made payable to the “I’m In the Band” fund. The mailing address is: 6140 Highway 3, Benton, LA 71006.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.