YouChoose Music Helps Raise Almost $3,000 For CUMAC

On Saturday, October 25th, YouChoose Music produced the first-ever CUMAC Presents: Motown's Battle of the Bells.  Four bell choirs battled to the death (not really) using only their handbells and the great Motown music catalog.  The winner bell choir was determined based upon scores (scale of 1 to 10) covering costumes, quality of performance, and overall performance (nobody wore overalls).  The bell choir from Butler, New Jersey won.

(In a horrible, iPhone 4 quality photo, all four bell choirs pose for a pic.)

How'd they do it?

Butler performed a medley of Motown tunes, including "Stop In The Name Of Love" (The Supremes).  They beat out Wayne, which had performed "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye), Caldwell, which performed a stunning rendition of "I'll Be There" (Jackson 5), and Pearl River, New York, which performed Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."  In addition to the three judged categories, each bell choir raised money for CUMAC, New Jersey's most pivotal food bank.  When scores and dollars were combined, Butler beat out Wayne by a small margin.

(from L to R: Mike Daly, Alicia Daly, and Tom Fulgenzi of your
YouChoose Band)

Your YouChoose Band performed songs in between, including "Get Ready" by Rare Earth, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, and Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."

The evening was a huge success.  Almost $3,000 was raised to help CUMAC in its busiest time of year.

Coming up next in the CUMAC Motown series will be a FREE Tree Tavern Pizza Party & Motown Open Mic Night on March 7th and CUMAC Motown Night on April 18, 2015.