SPRING HILL — Springstead High School's fledgling orchestra program will get some big-time help Sunday when the Hernando Symphony Orchestra performs a benefit concert.
Springstead High marching and concert band director Richard Dasher said the 2 p.m. concert at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., will help raise money for Hernando County's first high school string ensemble program. Proceeds will be used to buy instruments and music, plus other supplies needed to expand the program.
Launched last fall, the orchestra program attracted 24 students, including several from Powell Middle School's established strings program, Dasher said. Although the program gets some financial support from the school, little is left for extras, he said.
"A stringed instrument program demands more than a standard wind instrument program," Dasher said. "The expenses add up pretty quickly."
Dasher said the 30 students enrolled in the program include beginning to accomplished players, including some he thinks could become orchestra-quality players.
"One of the reasons we started the program was to give those students who have been playing for a while a place to go after middle school," he said.
Tickets for the benefit concert, which will include some of the Hernando Symphony's favorites, cost $10 and can be purchased at the school or at the door the day of the performance. For information, call (352) 797-7010.