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The long awaited book which will tell the history of the Dondero High School Pop Concert from the first note to the last. Read more

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The long awaited book which will tell the history of the Dondero High School Pop Concert from the first note to the last.

Royal Oak, MI Nonfiction
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About this project

I’m raising funds for my fifth book titled Two Guitars, Bass and Drums—the history of the Dondero Pop Concert.

I first had the idea for this book back in 2006, after the Alumni Solo Replay, but it never got off the ground in earnest. Over the next several years I wrote bits and pieces when I could. These short pieces grew and grew and have become a half finished manuscript. Now it’s time to finish it.

This book will only be available to those who make a pledge for its completion on kickstarter. it will not be sold in stores nor on the web.

I believe a large audience exists for this book. The performances of the Dondero High School choirs have had an enduring legacy in the Royal Oak community. This is not just a story of high school nostalgia, but the wonderful story of people being transformed by music and friendship.

Brief Synopsis

The story of the Dondero choirs and Rick Hartsoe's thirty nine-year career isn’t the story of an international superstar, but one of a humble and incredibly talented teacher who knew how to tap into the vast amount of talent in his students.

Far too often, finances can silence a dream.

If the fundraising is successful and exceeds my target amount, stretch goals will be added, such as the design and implementation of an interactive E-Version of the book for kindle, with archival video footage, audio recordings, photos and more.

It will likely take me the remainder of the year to finish the book. After Kickstarter and Amazon take their cut (about $1400 with this project) the  funds will cover: research, travel, editing, layout, design, postage, manufacturing, obtaining photos, web promotion and attorney fees. 

This book is fully endorsed by Rick Hartsoe and I will have unprecedented access to his personal archives of photos, memorabilia, notes and endless stories.

I will also be soliciting stories from as many Dondero alumni as possible, including those in choir, instrumentalists, set and stage crew, faculty and students who witnessed these years of concerts.

Risks and challenges

I have already completed one successful kickstarter project in 2013 for my book Bending Water and Stories Nearby, which has become a regional best seller.

The risks for this project are minimal. I have been writing, researching and collecting information for this manuscript over the past eight years. I have published four books since 2007, each of them on time with strict adherence to budgets and time constraints. Each book sold out of its initial run and was reprinted by popular demand. This book will only be available in a limited pressing and only available through this kickstarter campaign.

I had a ringside seat in this event as a spectator (when my older sister was in choir) as a performer (when I was at Dondero) and as an alumnus, as I continued to follow the music programs after graduation.

The Dondero Pop Concert was an event that left an enduring legacy which has only become stronger over time.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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    Warm Up Level

    You will receive a copy of my regional best selling book "Bending Water and Stories Nearby," a collection of northern Michigan fiction.

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    "Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass Level"

    No matter what part you sang, a $25 donation will guarantee you a copy of the book with postage and handling included in the price delivered to your door and an invitation to the book release event. The book will only be available in a limited quantity.

    Since the final page count and number of photos being used has not yet been determined it is possible that the MSRP on the book will be higher once released. Your pre-sale purchase at $25 guarantees you a copy, regardless of what the final MSRP might be.

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    "Part of the Chorus" Level

    At $50 you will receive two copies of the book mailed to your home, a thank you in the book and invitation to the book release event.

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    "House Lights Please" Level

    At the $100 level you will receive three copies of the book and a copy of my most recent book, Bending Water and Stories Nearby, which has become a regional best seller in Michigan, a thank you in the book and an invitation to the book release event.

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    "Aquarius" Level

    At the $250 giving level you will receive five copies of the book, all of what is being offered above and a special mention in the book introduction and invitation and an invitation to a special VIP gathering before the book release party.

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    "Director" Level

    At the $500 level you will be given eight copies of the book and a special mention in the introduction of the book. You will also be given VIP status before the book release event where you can meet members of the media and other distinguished alumni.

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    "Glitter Ball" Level

    At the $750 level you will be given ten copies of the book along with a special mention in the introduction of the book and the rest of what is being offered above Kickstarter guidelines prohibit giving away more than 10 (bulk) items. You will also be given VIP status and an invitation to the pre-book release event.

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    "Rock Star "
    At the $1000 level you will be awarded Rock Star Status. This includes ten copies of the book. Kickstarter prohibits giving items away in bulk (over 10 copies) all of the items mentioned above and a special recognition in the introduction. It will also include my undying gratitude and VIP status for any book release events.

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    "Let the Sun Shine In" Level

    For $2500 you will attain "Let The Sun Shine In" status, basically ensuring your name will go down in Dondero Pop Concert History AGAIN.

    You will receive everything listed in the other rewards as well as special recognition and mention in every press release and promotional piece used. If you have a business it will be recognized the same way.

    You and a guest will be invited to my house for a gourmet dinner prepared by yours truly. And basically, you'll be a friend for life and I'll never forget you.

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Funding period

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