Local young musicians take the stage to benefit pediatric cancer research


Region – On Friday, May 20, three teen rock bands and two high school a cappella groups will take the stage to raise money for pediatric cancer research through the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation.

The bands – Eclipse, Distracted and Playing with Fire – are comprised of local teens ranging in age from 14-17. They all began under the direction of local music teacher Bob Nicoll of Upton in his youth band program. The Hermonics and Take Note are two a cappella groups comprised of Nipmuc High School students under the direction of the Nipmuc Choral teacher Ann Marie Trembley.

The concert is open to all and will be held at Nipmuc High School, 90 Pleasant St., Upton, from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door; all proceeds to benefit pediatric cancer research.

The inspiration for the benefit concert comes from Ty Louis Campbell, affectionately known as “SuperTy,” because he defined strength and courage even when faced with life’s most evil villain – cancer. Ty battled pediatric brain cancer for half of his short life with the strength only a true superhero could possess. His family and their team of dedicated volunteers vowed to keep his fight going until there are better treatment options for kids like Ty.

Through concert tickets, food and merchandise sales and the very generous growing list of sponsors, the funds raised will go directly into research grants through the TLC Foundation and their network of top oncologists and researchers in the field of pediatric oncology. Current sponsors include Imperial Cars, Target, Plains Automotive in Milford, Dunkin Donuts of Upton, Mendon and Hopkinton, Hopkinton Drug and Paw Planet.

To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, contact Jen at [email protected] or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rockinforsuperty.