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Squadron ‘Save a Life’ concert today
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Apr. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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The state capital is all set to rock Friday evening with one of the oldest rock band, Squadron at Kohima local ground at 5 pm as part of their ‘Save a life’ tour.
“We don’t want just to give concert, so we decided to tour the state under the theme “Save a Life” to raise fund and finance the District Civil Hospitals for life saving equipments for the sick and suffering”, said one of the band members while addressing a press conference at the NCSU conference hall on Thursday.
Expressing confidence of a good response, the band members accompanied by its manager Moa Emchen appealed to each and everyone to buy tickets and be a part of the project to save a life. It also revealed that the band will also present some of their originals songs during the concert.
While informing BSNL is the title sponsor and State Music Task Force and Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency as co-sponsors, the band revealed that a free BSNL pre-paid SIM card would be issued with purchase of every ticket, beside draw of lot for three mobile handsets during the concert.
Disclosing that the sale proceeds would be donated to Civil Hospitals through its Medical Superintendent, the band members said that it had been honestly donating the amount generated from their previous concerts to the respective Civil Hospitals.
The band said earlier plan to complete the tour in 2008 failed due to lack of sponsors. However, it was revealed that BSNL has verbally assured to sponsor their tour to the remaining districts depending on the success of their concert on Friday.
Further, the band hoped to perform outside the state after wrapping up the ‘Save a Life’ tour.
Squadron was formed way back in 1990 by Bassist K. Lanu, John Walling on Vocal, Mar on Drums and O Temsu and Bendang on guitar. Later John left the band and was replaced by Wati and ever since then the band remained as one of the oldest existing bands in the state.
Squadron which started as a local band then reached its zenith of popularity in the 90s won several beat contest including the All India Beat Contest Chennai IIT (Mardigras) 1994, All Nagaland Beat Contest, 1994, 2nd Runners Up of NE beat contest and Aizawl 1996.
The band also contributed toward Rotary’s International Education & Humanitarian programs, represented Nagaland during Rashtriya Yuva Utsava in Bhopal, 1995 and Western Cultural Exchange at Goa through NEZCC in 1993. The band also staged concerts at Mokokchung and Kohima in aid of the victims of the Mokokchung 27 December 1995 incident.
The band started its ambitious ‘Save a Life tour’ in 2008 and has so far covered Mokokchung, Mon and Dimapur districts to raise funds for the poor and needy.
Meanwhile, the band thanked BSNL for sponsoring its Save a Life concerts at Dimapur and Kohima and also its co-sponsors Music Task Force and the Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency.

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