Arts education is receiving a boost for students in Bowling Green Middle School and Bowling Green High School on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Arts education is receiving a boost for students in Bowling Green Middle School and Bowling Green High School on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Thanks to a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, the Raintree Arts Council covering Pike and Lincoln counties is able to bring live music performed by this phenomenal group to young people, with a performance at 9 a.m. for middle school students and and a performance at 1 p.m. for high school students on Thursday, Sept. 13.

The band’s wind instrument master is Jerry Epperson of Clarksville. Brian Casserly is the leader. Tom Tucker, cornet, is a Navy vet and former car dealership owner. Brett Stamps, trombone, is a retired director of jazz activities at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. The pianist is Paul Reid and the bassist is Jay Hungerford. The drummer is Dick “Spanky” Maley.

All have played with some of the greatest musicians of the last 50 years, and the group has released six CDs. The concerts are in-school only, but the group will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Apple Shed in Clarksville.