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Please share the MonkeyLove with MMMB as we raise funds to bring our joyful music and dance from Lexington to Austin!

Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! It's time for March Madness Marching Band to bring the bananas to YOU... with hat in hand!

It's been a big year for Kentucky's beloved community street band. WE'RE AN OFFICIAL TAX-EXEMPT CHARITY* NOW! In addition, our ranks continue to grow as we continue our sworn mission to bring the banana to you, central KY. And to you, world! 

To get us going and revved up, we've been invited back once again to one of the nation's most dazzling community street band festivals: HONK! TX, in Austin TX. 

In fact, the monkeys of MMMB have become such Kentucky stars in the Lone Star state, that we want to bring our bluegrass magic deep into the heart of Texas ONCE AGAIN in 2013.

And to do that, we need you! As usual, we're prepared to sing -- and a whole lot more -- for our supper! And we wouldn't want to hit a single note without you. Plan on bringing the whole family to a benefit show on February 16, for not just multiple performances by MMMB but also for a talent show of members, showing off as musicians, performers and more!

We're calling this year's benefit MonkeyLove, and this banana peels both ways. Not only does MMMB have an ever-abiding love for our family and friends, but we hope — we NEED — for our family and friends to turn out in force and help us pull together "the bananas" (yep, $$) that we need to spread the love.

You can check out details of our February 16th fundraiser at the Facebook event page and our website, and we hope you'll support us here on Kickstarter.

Thank you!!

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* Under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, financial contributions to MMMB are deductible for purposes of individual income taxes. Money spent on show tickets and other rewards is not tax deductible, except for any payment in excess of the monetary value.

painting by John Lackey of Homegrown Press
painting by John Lackey of Homegrown Press

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