March 02, 2015

SFU members taking it all off at concert cancer fundraiser

Jack Lee and Terry Lee could get some extra polish on March 28th [artist’s rendering.]
For three middle-aged guys, Terry Lee, Reid Maxwell and Jack Lee each have admirable heads of thick, greying hair.

But all that could change by March 28th when the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band takes the stage for its Pipe Up For Cancer charity concert in aid of the BC Cancer Foundation.

In addition to 10 other members so far, have committed to shaving their heads bald at the event, the three high-profile members of the band will go under the razor when monetary milestones are reached: $7,000 will see Leading-Drummer Reid Maxwell lose it all, while former Pipe-Major Terry Lee and Pipe-Sergeant Jack Lee will take it all off at the $10,000 mark.

The band was spurred to hold the special concert at the Burnaby Campus of Simon Fraser University after Andrew Bonar, a member of the band since 1981, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Since the fall Bonar – who is also one of the world’s top solo pipers – has been undergoing treatment for the condition.

The band is calling the hair-razing stunt “Balding for Boney,” using the nickname Bonar has with his piping and drumming friends.

Bonar contributed a moving article about his condition shortly after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a large tumor.

At the concert the band will be joined by the Heather Jolley Highland Dancers, which include Andrew Bonar’s daughter, Kate, who will also perform at a ceilidh following the show.

Tickets are available to the concert are available here, and, to the ceilidh, here.

The band is also hoping to stream the concert live, encouraging all those watching to make a donation to the cause.

The band did not say whether it will auction off the hair for those with cane drone reed issues.




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