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2012-11-29 / News

Third Degree Burns recounts good year for band

Gary Burns, director and manager of Third Degree Burns, says 2012 has been an amazing year for the student musicians and vocalists in the band. Gary Burns, director and manager of Third Degree Burns, says 2012 has been an amazing year for the student musicians and vocalists in the band. LAPEER COUNTY — The talented student musicians and vocalists of Third Degree Burns, also known as the Young Musicians Community (YMC) are thankful to the many people who have donated their time, talent and money to make the last year a good one, said the band.

During 2012 the group of area teens and kids enjoyed free music lessons and the experience of performing classic and contemporary rock music at area venues including the PIX Theatre, Lapeer Days festival, Imlay City Blueberry Festival, Imlay City Music in the Park, Hadley’s Fourth of July celebration, the Church of Christ festival, the Kiwanis’ annual banquet and the ever popular Rocktober Fest.

Young Musicians Community is an opportunity for area youth to develop their musical talents while gaining on-stage experience and learning the business practices of a successful, professional band. YMC inspires the members to use their talents while making a positive difference in their schools and communities. Since these activities are free to the members they are encouraged to “pay-it-forward.”

The band members do this by raising money for foundations, school functions and individuals in need. They also fund the Danielle Shipley Memorial Scholarship which is awarded annually to the most deserving students. This year’s recipient of the Most Improved Musician scholarship was bass guitar player, Wyatt Fleisher.

According the director and manager Gary Burns, 2012 has been an amazing year for the students in the band. “We’ve doubled the number of band members making it necessary to find a new rehearsal site. Thanks to St. Matthew’s Church we have a temporary rehearsal location until we are able to purchase a permanent home,” said Burns. “Finding a permanent home for our program is probably our primary goal for 2013,” he added.

“Third Degree Burns exists through the generosity of our community” said Burns. In addition to monetary support the group has received donations this year of equipment, along with the gift of time from the kid’s parents and the Third Degree Burns staff.

Burns said he is fortunate to have a very talented volunteer staff including Julie Jackson, Jeff Jackson, John Fleisher and Lisa Niebauer, as well as a very supportive board of directors Lisa Burns and Laurie Vedolich.

To find out more about this organization, visit the Young Musicians Community online at or call Burns at 810-441-6672.

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