BLOOMFIELD — Area teachers, students and professors are coming together for a benefit concert to raise funds for the McCabe family, who lost their home in a Dec. 10 fire.

The concert will be held at the Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirtland at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission to the event will be $5 at the door, with proceeds going to the McCabe family.

Kirtland Central High School Band Director David Schwartz said the idea for the benefit was born out of a conversation with his wife, Jessica Boronet, who works at the middle school.

"We were thinking, what we could do to help them out," Schwartz said. "So we brainstormed and came up with a benefit concert."

The lineup for the concert includes Kirtland Central High School jazz band, chamber choir and guitar ensemble; Kirtland Middle School jazz band; Farmington High School saxophone quartet; Piedra Vista High School jazz band, and a performance from Fort Lewis College Music Department Chair Dr. Marc Reed.

Reed said he knew of the house fire because Martha McCabe is a music major at the college. The professors and students in the music department took up a collection to donate to the family.

"We talked about ways to help her out," Reed said. "I found out through David Schwartz about the concert and I am planning on going to represent the department."

A High Brass instructor and a trumpet player, Reed will be playing pieces from a recital he held in November along with fellow professor Veronica Turner on piano.


A silent auction will take place during the concert at the performing arts center with the auction running from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Schwartz said Kirtland athletics merchandise like polo shirts, t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts will be included in the auction.