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posted: 2/21/2013 12:14 PM

Drumline to perform in fundraiser at Raue Center

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Submitted by Raue Center for the Arts

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Crystal Lake Strikers will hold its annual fundraiser at the Raue Center for the Arts.

It will feature the all-star drum line, comprised of adult drummers as well as talented high school drummers from the community.

"An Evening of Percussion" benefits both the Crystal Lake Strikers and Raue Center. The event will start at 7 p.m. at the Raue, 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake. Tickets are $12, $4 for kids ages 8 to 17, or free for kids ages 7 and younger. For tickets, visit

The Crystal Lake Strikers is a marching percussion unit that performs at major sporting events, parades and festivals around the country. It was formed in 2007 by Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, Crystal Lake Councilman Brett Hopkins and Prairie Ridge Drum line instructor Thomas Kundmann.

The goal was to provide a performing outlet for drummers of college age and beyond, as well as support and educate aspiring young musicians. Mayor Shepley and the city council will participate in the segment.

Also, this year Clay Jenkinson will be back in celebration of the Crystal Lake Public Library's 100th anniversary. Jenkinson, nationally known historical interpreter and scholar, will perform for the 10th annual "Great American Series" to benefit the Crystal Lake Library Foundation and Raue Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Tickets start at $45.

Jenkinson will introduce a new show, "Rushmore Speaks," in observance of the special event. He will be in costume and character as both Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, with "thoughts on the other guys" -- George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.