by Dennis Dalman
A big, upcoming musical event called “Beach Ball” is seeking more local-student talent to round out the show, which is slated for 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Pine Meadow Elementary School gymnasium.
The dance-and-musical event is a fundraiser for the Sartell-St. Stephen Music Association, which raises money to help out music programs throughout the school district.
There will be auditions starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the choral room of Sartell High School. Organizers are seeking either singers or instrumentalists (or both together) for the “Beach Ball” show. Those who want to audition should show up at the choral room with their songs, ready to sing, or their instruments, ready to play. All types of music are welcome, from classical to pop. Reservations are not needed; just show up.
The musical event Feb. 9 is called “Beach Ball” because it will feature the band “Hi-Fi,” which is a local Beach Boys tribute band, led by David Lumley, the new band director for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. People who attend the event are requested to wear fun beach attire, if possible.
Anyone in grades K-12 may audition Jan. 31.
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All tickets for “Beach Ball” will be sold at the door, $25 per family or $5 per person.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.