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The band High South sponsoring golf tourney to benefit Chester music program

  • The band High South with hometown musician Jamey Garner, center.

    The band High South with hometown musician Jamey Garner, center.

By Gwendy Garner
Contributing writer
updated: 2/6/2019 2:29 PM

If you're a golfer looking for a great tourney in the spring, or if you or your kids are or have ever been involved in the Chester schools music program, then put a "save the date" on your calendar!

International recording group High South will sponsor a benefit golf scramble on Saturday, May 18 at the Chester Country Club, to benefit the music programs in the Chester schools.

Based in Nashville, the group High South has Chester roots and has performed here many times in the last few years, to a warm reception every time. Musicians are Jamey Garner, Kevin Campos and Phoenix Mendoza.

Garner is a Chester native, who grew up attending Chester schools and was active in the grade school and high school band and chorus.

Garner said he wants to "give back" to his hometown and his High South sidekicks are fully on board.

The four-person scramble will begin at 9 a.m. May 18. According to coordinator Tom Tindall, however, the all-day event will also have raffles, a silent and live auction, giveaways and contests.

Golfers will be served burgers and brats at the turn and a full meal following their rounds.

Chester music directors Steve and Sue Colonel will have student musicians on site that day, providing entertainment. The entry fee is $280 per team, with cart rentals at $25. The field this year will be limited to the first 20 teams paid, so register soon with the Chester Country Club (618) 826-3168 or Tindall, at (618) 246-3167.

Make checks payable to the Chester Country Club.

Tindall points out you don't have to be a golfer to enjoy the benefit. The general public can participate in the silent and live auctions and enjoy the musical entertainment.

Meanwhile, High South will perform two shows at the Chester Country Club, starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. Tickets are $20 per person and seating will be limited.

"Chester is always very proud of our student music programs," Tindall said. "Last year the CHS department placed first in the state in their division! Let's get behind our band and chorus kids.

Come on out on May 18 and let's help keep the best music program alive and healthy," he said.

High South has had a very active schedule, touring the U.S., Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and recently releasing their new EP, "A Change In The Wind," featuring the lead single, "Make It Better".

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