A former Sauk Prairie High School student is teaming up with local musicians to raise funds for the Sauk Prairie Music Association.
Troy Pakyz, a 1988 graduate of Sauk Prairie High School is helping to coordinate a concert along with Baraboo resident Rich Peterson, called Monster Music Mania on Oct. 7 with doors opening at 5 p.m. at the Red Mouse Bar and Grill in Cross Plains. The event will feature acts such as Sam Ness, Texas Bubble Gum Machine, The Anderson Brothers, Dr. Noise, Beef Eagle, Switchblade Monkeys, Go Play God and 7 Seasons Deep.
“I love music,” Pakyz said. “I grew up in the Sauk Prairie area and when I got older, started doing charity events. A couple of friends and I decided to do a benefit concert this year for the Sauk Prairie Music Association.”
While at Sauk Prairie High School, Pakyz was in the band for a few years and participated in school plays. He learned to play guitar “but could never make a living at it,” Pakyz said. “This is a way for me to be involved in what I love and do a benefit for somebody.”
According to Anne Brickl, president of the Sauk Prairie Music Association, the association helps support and organizes the show choirs and marching band at Sauk Prairie High School, and is a big supporter of the high school musical.
Students audition each year for one of several show choirs, then travel to various high school competitions January through March. The marching band students travel to various competitions in the fall and to the State Marching Band competition at UW-Whitewater in October.
“The organization is separately funded through fundraising and student fees for their participation in show choir, show band and marching band,” Brickl said. “The money raised from (the Oct. 7) fundraiser will be put toward student scholarships, costumes and shoes, band instrument repair, student meals, etc.”
Pakyz said last year’s fundraising concert yielded $1,200 for the association, Pakyz said. “Hopefully this year we can bring in $2,500; we have some big Madison bands performing. It should be a pretty big scene.”
Pakyz said he gives back to the music association because it helped him as a teenager.
“I like to give back to the department a lot,” Pakyz said. “It helped me get through high school. It’s a wonderful program in town and helps a lot of kids.”