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Gadzooks! The Invincible Czars need your help to release their eclectic, rockin' version of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

The Invincible Czars have jumped on the Kickstarter bandwagon and are trying to raise funds to complete their recording of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and release a CD with it and three other tunes – John Philip Sousa’s Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Ravel’s Sleeping Beauty and ex-drummer Louie Landry’s A Cry For Peace. It’s going to be awesome and all contributions will be rewarded. For a mere $10 we’ll provide you with a free download of the album a week before the official release. There are plenty other fun packages of nifty stuff that the band will provide/do for various contribution amounts. Some of you might just be deep pocketed and crazy enough to go for the $1000 reward! Here's more info:

Austin's Invincible Czars have already embarked on their most ambitious classical music project to date - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - but they need your help to finish the recording and release it. The Invincible Czars are asking their fans, friends and family to pitch in so that they can complete the recording/mixing/mastering process they started at Austin's Goliath studio, commission artwork by Nutcracker artist Kennon James and pay for the costs to release both a CD and downloadable version of the 1812 Overture album.

Recording 1812 proved to be an even more difficult task than arranging it.  The band has very nearly finished it but the bulk of their costs have arisen near the very end.  That's where you come in!   Check out the list of contribution options to your right - every little bit counts and all generosity will be rewarded.  For all the fans that have been asking when the Czars' 1812 Overture will come out - now's your chance to speed up that process and get a copy of the recording to boot.  Think of it as a pre-order.  Think of it as patronage.  Think of the children!!

Having already conquered The Nutcracker Suite, A Night on Bald Mountain and several other classical pieces, Czar's czar Josh Robins began arranging 1812 for the six-person ensemble of guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, woodwinds and violin in 2008.  The piece was finally ready in the following summer and after a number of performances (including kicking off the 25th anniversary of OKMOZART! complete with fireworks), drummer Louis Landry began producing a recording of the 1812 Overture as well as three other pieces: John Philip Sousa's Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Ravel's Sleeping Beauty and Landry's original composition A Cry For Peace. 

 It's going to be the band's best release to date.  Help them make it happen!

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    PROJECT UPDATES - from the ultra mundane to the dramatically compelling, we'll keep you abreast of the haps. Huzzah!

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    NAME/LINK ON OUR SITE - imagine the thrill of seeing your own name on the internet. Now imagine the exhilaration and utter heart pounding joy of learning that it's not just on the internet - it's on The Invincible Czars' web site! Have your name and link listed among all the other adventurous, risk taking music lovers and independent thinkers that call themselves Invincible Czars supporters!

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    EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE - For those willing to dig a little deeper, we'll send you a high quality, mp3 copy of the 1812 album 1 week before the official release so you can prepare all your dance moves before anyone else.

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    SIGNED COPY OF THE CD plus EARLY DIGITAL - That's what you really wanted, isn't it? You'll not only get the CD with Kennon James' lovely artwork but all of our John Hancock's in exclusive Sharpie to make it that much more special.

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    SIGNED MYSTERY ITEM - Get everything up to the $20 mark PLUS a signed mystery artifact from our 1812 recording sessions at Goliath studios in Austin. What will yours be? This is for the REAL adventurous Czars fan. How exactly do you sign a used bass string? You might just find out!

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    EXCLUSIVE TRACK - Get everything up to the $20 mark PLUS we'll email you an exclusive track that will not be released anywhere else ever... and we promise it's not just an mp3 of a Tommy Holton's beard rubbing against the phone either. It'll be an actual song with lyrics and music!

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CD - Get everything up to the $20 mark PLUS the exclusive track AND have your name listed in the CD liner notes for all posterior!

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    SIGNED PHOTO, SCORE AND A T-SHIRT - Get everything up to the $50 mark PLUS a 1-of-a-kind signed photo of the band plus a signed 1812 Overture score sheet, 1812 t-shirt.

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    LOGO/LINK IN OUR NEWSLETTER FOR ONE YEAR - For businesses or really anyone that just wants their name and logo/link prominently in our ever growing email newsletter for 1 year. Don't have a logo? Send us a pic of yourself and we'll photoshop so it so it looks like the Czar of your choice is giving you a kiss. PLUS you get everything up to the $75 mark.

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    PLAY THE CANNON AT AN 1812 PERFORMANCE - get everything up to the $75 mark PLUS you get to dress as our cannon man or woman at an 1812 performance in Austin or Houston. Limited to one per city!

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    MUSIC LESSONS w/ DRUMMER LOUIS LANDRY - Get everything up to the $75 mark plus four one-hour lessons with Czars' drummer Louis Landry. Choose drums, guitar or piano. Louie's been teaching kids to rock for years. Get some tips from the guy who sat on the Drum Throne of the Czars! Limited to 2 people.

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    PLAY THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR PART ON THE 1812 RECORDING - Get everything up to the $75 mark plus you get to join us in the studio to perform the acoustic guitar part on the recording of 1812!

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    WE WRITE A SONG FOR YOU - Get everything up to the $75 mark plus we'll write and record a song about the subject of your choice just for you and put it on YOU TUBE for the world to know how awesome you are.

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    CZAR-B-Q AT YOUR HOUSE - Get everything up to the $75 mark plus we'll come to your location (within a 5 hour drive of Austin, TX) and cook for you plus perform a set of music for you and your pals. You help us make a set list!

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    PRIVATE SHOW ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL US - everything up to the $75 mark plus we'll come to your US town and perform. You help us make the set list!

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    YOU PICK THE NEXT CLASSICAL PIECE WE LEARN - This is for all you deep pocketed folks that keep asking us when we're going to do Rite of Spring, Flight of the Bumblebee and all those really difficult classics that scare the pee out of community orchestras worldwide. You guessed it - you get everything up to the $75 mark, too.

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