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Online Auction Now Open -- The Falcon Education Foundation online auction opened April 11 to raise money for teacher mini grants and senior scholarships. The auction will close during the annual awards dinner April 18 at the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs. Bid now through text messages or the online site.

District 49 Concert: Stand Up. Speak Out.

The ultimate goal is to stop bullying before it starts. Stand Up. Speak Out. will bring children and families together from all areas of Colorado Springs to raise awareness, educate and empower students. Download the poster and schedule of events. Visit the concert countdown page. This page was last updated Aug. 7 (added schedule of events).


Musical artists from around the United States are joining voices in Colorado Springs to take a stand against bullying.

Ticket sales started March 27 for the Stand Up. Speak Out. anti-bullying concert in Falcon School District 49.

Thousands of students and community members are expected to gather Aug. 17 at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, where they’ll take a proactive approach to prevent aggressive and harassing behaviors in schools.

Musical artists from around the country will join voices in Colorado Springs to promote a positive, safe and compassionate culture for students and families in El Paso County.

Tickets are now available at the Security Service Field box office and online: http://tinyurl.com/D49StandUpSpeakOut. They cost $15. A discount rate of $13 is afforded to youth 12 years and under, seniors 55 years and older, and military ID card holders.

During the opening ceremony, after a presentation of the colors by JROTC cadets from Falcon High School and Sand Creek High School, two seventh graders from Skyview Middle School will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner." Tatum Brouse and Breslin Walls are preparing to perform live in front of thousands at what organizers plan to be a sold-out stadium.

The students have been practicing with a vocal coach to prepare for their debut.

After the national anthem, a diverse line up of six musical artists will perform, joining with national anti-bullying and educational organizations. Speakers from Safe2Tell, Rachel’s Challenge, Hey UGLY and GIRLS are scheduled to compliment musical performances.

A district alumni will begin the performances. Bree Bremser, a graduate of Sand Creek High School, is part of The BottomLine, an indie-country duo.

The concert lineup will continue with nationally known artists Brian Jarvis, Devyn Rush, Taylor Watson and Brendan James. Vertical Horizon, a multi-platinum selling alternative rock band, will headline the festivities.

The Stand Up. Speak Out. online apparel store opened March 5, where individuals can purchase T-shirts and sweatshirts showing their support for the event.

This anti-bullying event is mostly funded through local and national sponsors and partnerships, along with ticket sales.

Anyone interested in sponsoring, or donating tickets, may contact the district communications team using the form at the bottom of this page, or call 719-491-2902. To sign up for emails, text keyword District49 to 33233, or complete this form.



Concert Lineup



Headlining Artist (7:30 to 9 p.m.)

Vertical Horizon stands for a commitment to superior music. It’s a concept that has always meant a steadfast striving for the artistically-creative high road. Consistently at the wheel, founder, writer, lead singer and guitarist, Matt Scannell drives and unites the group, always exploring new territories of inspiration. Perhaps the most significant key to Vertical Horizon’s success today is the freedom they have from the constraints of a major recording label. Vertical Horizon works at a tempo that fuels the creative process. “Our music is coming from the purest place – there are no other considerations beyond ‘Do we like this? Does it mean something to us?’” It’s no wonder why so many performers cite them as influences. They’re a musicians’ band, always user-friendly and highly accessible. Is there integrity in music? Listen for yourself and be the judge. Read more.


Featured Artists

6:15 p.m. – Brendan James's third album, Hope In Transition, marks a shift from blind ambition to a new optimism. After a transformative summer and some serious soul-searching, the Los Angelas-based singer-songwriter had a creative rebirth. In 2012, he released the most hopeful and invigorating collection of pop-rock in his critically-acclaimed, seven-year career. The nine-song Hope In Transition conjures up a wide array of emotions within a focused aesthetic. James writes with uplifting warmth, compassion, and deeply revealing candor, while blurring the genre lines between shimmering soul, confessional folk, and goose-bump inducing pop-rock. He keenly balances a timeless sense of organic instrumentation with a playfully experimental penchant for slinky R&B-flavored beats and tasteful electro ambience.

5:20 p.m. – Taylor Watson is an artist out of Denver, Colo., who came to Nashville at just 16, looking for an opportunity to turn her passion into her work. She developed a strong stage presence, while honing her writing craft. She is currently working on an EP with renowned producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry) and playing shows across the southern states. As a songwriter, she has written with some of the best in the industry. As a musician, she plays acoustic and electric guitar both in recordings and live onstage. As a singer, she works with renowned coach Renee Grant-Williams (Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Martina McBride). Her development in Nashville has lead her to become a strong, well rounded artist, but her roots are solid and her laid back, down-to-earth "one of the guys" personality has remained in tact. It's reflected both in her performance and her personal life. As a girl who was bullied growing up, Taylor says she's especially looking forward to playing for Stand Up. Speak Out. – it hits close to home both geographically and emotionally.

4:15 p.m. – Devyn Rush, best know as “The Singing Waitress” from Season 10 of American Idol, grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where music resonated throughout every corner of her home. Having grown up in a musical family, Devyn absorbed so much musical energy, which she has used to create her own unique musical identity. Throughout her adolescence and early adulthood, Devyn’s main focus was on musical theatre. When she was 15, she originated the role of Anna in the 2007 Tony-Award winning musical, Spring Awakening at Lincoln Center. After graduating high school, Rush moved to New York to continue her career in performing. She soon discovered the beauty of song-writing and has since moved forward with this new found passion. Devyn Rush is the national spokesperson for the bully prevention organization Hey UGLY (Unique. Gifted. Lovable. You.), through which she speaks and performs at schools all over the country, to build emotional awareness and self-love in children.

3:30 p.m. – New England–based singer and songwriter Brian Jarvis releases his first full length album in more than four years. Due out in February 2012 under the indie label Soundwave, “Beautifully Broken” tackles a two-year period of Brian’s life that included losing his father to cancer, quitting his day job to pursue music full time and personal struggles.  “Beautifully Broken” was recorded in New Haven, Conn., at Sunset Goose Studios (a division of Soundwave), under the guidance of long time Pat Mcgee Band guitarist-turned-producer Brian Fechino. The record features a wide variety of melodic, hooky guitar driven songs including one that was written within 24 hours of Brian’s fathers sudden passing. Read more.

3:05 p.m. – The BottomLine combines artists Bree Bremser and Nathan Noblit. They're an Indie and Country singing duo getting local and national attention from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bree is a singer and song writer and a senior at Sand Creek High School. She received recognition for her voice as runnerup during the city-wide X-Factor competition. Formerly the lead singer for the band Hero and the Heroines, Bree has performed at various venues, including Black Sheep in Colorado Springs. Nathan is a senior at Pine Creek High School and is considered by many as one of the best guitarists in El Paso County. His passion and knowledge for music has put him in the position to better understand and record his talent for all to hear.


Pre-event Performers (2 to 3 p.m.)

SRO is arriving from New York to welcome everyone to the Stand Up. Speak Out. concert. The band's music will greet guests at the stadium, as the doors open. SRO is well known as a talented cover band, playing rock and pop tunes spanning the past 30 years. SRO formed in 2008, after old friends got together and started jamming. Their potential to lift spirits in communities was immediately evident. Often referred to as "The People's Band," they typically play from the recommendations of their audiences. Read more.


Community Support Corner



Wear Your Support

The Stand Up. Speak Out. online store opened March 5. Wear your support for the concert to end bullying – spread the word of where you will be Aug. 17. The available apparel, from T shirts to hoodies, includes both youth and adult sizes. Students, parents and community members may place orders in District 49 schools beginning March 11. Purchases help fund this summer's awareness raising concert.
 


Show Your Support

Spread the word with Stand Up. Speak Out. flyers and posters in your community.





Event Sponsors





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Businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship packages may contact the district communications team using the form below, or call 719-491-2902.

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