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The Blue & Gray Press | October 20, 2017

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One Note Stand concert raises money for scholorship fund

One Note Stand concert raises money for scholorship fund

By EMILY HANSON

The members of One Note Stand (ONS) took the stage last Wednesday night to the cheers of fans, family and friends for their fall concert entitled “Battle of the Sexes.”

The theme for the concert was introduced to the audience in a five minute video before the group took the stage.

The video featured various clips of the ONS members in practice and it also showed specific members speaking to the camera in a reality show style about scripted problems they have with one another.

“I loved how personal they were with the audience; it made it that much better,” said Lexy Maratellos, a freshman sociology major.

Despite their efforts to act at odds with one another, there was clearly a strong chemistry between the members of the group, and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the concert.

“My favorite songs were the Feel Again/The Dog Days Are Over mash-up and Who You Are,” said Anna Beardsley, a junior anthropology major.

The group performed several songs, including “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “You Don’t Know Me” by Ben Folds featuring Regina Spektor and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.

“I really enjoyed the song arrangement. There was a lot of variety, and the atmosphere seemed very energetic and personable,” Beardsley said.

Just before intermission, the girls of the group performed the incredibly popular song, “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

The intermission featured two performances by UMW’s Performing Arts Club, titled “Remixed” and “Clap Your Hands.”

The PAC performances were well received by the audience members.

“I love PAC. They are all such talented dancers with an enormous amount of passion,” Beardsley said.

Just after intermission, the boys of ONS performed the “Hooked on a Feeling” cover from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

The “feud” between the boys and girls of the group ended shortly after the boys’ performance as they asked the audience to cheer for whichever group performed their song better.

There was one senior solo performance of the night by Bronwyn Stokes, who performed “Who You Are” by Jessie J and made a heartfelt dedication to former ONS member Robert “Bob” Ericson. Stokes is the ONS business director and a senior psychology and business Spanish double major.

“I also enjoyed the tribute to Bob, the sense of community we have is shown through our on-campus groups and the music speaks to how much of a heart we have here at UMW,” Beardsley said.

During the dedication ONS president Ian Spangler explained to the audience how the group, in accordance with the Ericson family, was trying to raise $25,000 for a scholarship honoring Ericson to be endowed by the university.

The group has raised over $7,000 since last May for the proposed Robert Ericson Environmental Research Endowment and is hoping to continue in their work to honor their friend.

“This was one of the best concerts One Note Stand has ever had. It was so surreal singing my senior solo, but I couldn’t have asked for a better group to finish my chapter with One Note,” Stokes said. “Our audience’s cheers and support fueled our performance, like always. We always love performing for our friends and family, and One Note has some great things in store for next semester.”

For more information about the scholarship and to help ONS in their efforts you can find more information at http://www.onenotestand.com/bob.html.