NEW BRITAIN -Residents and friends of the New Britain High School Marching Band gathered at Trinity-On-Main Thursday evening to support local music.
Thursday’s sixth annual “BENefit” for the band was held in memory of 2008 graduate Ben Cheney, who died in a car accident in February 2012.
A drummer and drill sergeant with the band, Ben Cheney often came back to the school after graduating to work, volunteer and mentor young students and drummers.
Cathy Cheney, his mother, said her son was passionate about the band and it was a great love of his.
Since the first BENefit, $47,000 has been donated to the band in Ben Cheney’s name.
Cathy Cheney, a member of the Board of Education, said the money goes directly to the band director for whatever he feels the band needs, whether that means new instruments, repairs or something else.
Cathy Cheney said this was the first year the event was held on a weekday, but the turnout still looked strong.
“It’s great to see all kinds of people come out and support the band,” Cathy Cheney said.
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