PITTSBURG -- Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo will perform at a benefit concert Sunday evening to help the Pittsburg High School Marching Show Band raise money so that members can accept an invitation to perform in the London New Year's Day parade in 2014.
The concert will be at the newly refurbished Creative Arts Building at the high school.
"He (Escovedo) has been a supporter of both the schools and the community as a whole," said school Principal Todd Whitmire of the 77-year-old Pittsburg native.
Word of the European invite first surfaced in May when Linda Rondeau, superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District, said at a board meeting that the school's band had been asked by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to perform at the parade.
The Lord Mayor of London David Wootton is expected to visit Pittsburg sometime this fall as part of a nationwide tour to complete the official invitation to Pittsburg High and other high schools and colleges asked to march in the parade. Pittsburg High is the only high school band from California to get the invite from across the pond.
This isn't the first time the band has been invited to perform by a world-class city at a signature event.
In 2009, 167 band members performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. That year, only 10 marching bands got the Macy's invite, and Pittsburg High was the only band west of the Mississippi that made the cut. The Big Apple trip cost
For this trip, it's likely band members will have to raise at least $250,000 to cover the cost of airfare, hotels and other expenses, Whitmire said.
"The goal is to get everyone there" he said.
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WHAT: Benefit concert will feature Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Quintet
WHERE: Creative Arts Building, Pittsburg High School, 250 School St., Pittsburg
WHEN: Sept. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. Da Island Way, a Polynesian music and dance show, at 6:15 p.m. Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m.
TICKETS: Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 at Railroad Cleaners, 2195 Railroad Ave., or $15 at the door.
INFO: Tony Martinez at 925-250-8455.