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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to perform fundraising concert at NSJHS Thursday

— At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Josh Burke, a former North Syracuse Central School District student, will return to his old stomping grounds. He will once again take the stage at the North Syracuse Junior High School, where he began playing in front of large audiences at the school’s annual Talent Show. This time, though, he won’t be a solo act. Instead, Burke will be playing a concert with the international sensation Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $15 for all students at the junior high school and high school. District residents can also purchase $15 tickets between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse.

The concert was quickly scheduled after a local show was cancelled last week. John Nadler, junior high teacher and advisor for the NSJHS Tech Crew, the group responsible for running all the shows at the school, was contacted by a band representative and asked if there was any possibility that RJA could play at the school. The band also wanted to give another local up-and-coming band, The Civil Servants, a chance to play a high profile event and help them continue getting recognized and requested they open the show for RJA. Nadler was informed that the band was aware of the work his Tech Crew does and wanted the crew to pull off this big show in two weeks. After a quick crew meeting and going over the details with district officials and the band representative, all parties agreed this would be a positive event for all parties.

Josh Burke took the stage in the school’s annual Talent Show way back in 2008 and 2009. He blew the audience away with his skill on guitar and left the audience wanting more. What happened next was truly nothing less than a miracle. Burke went on to Cicero-North Syracuse High School, where continued to work hard on his playing. Through a random act of kindness and strange circumstances, Burke was able to join the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (RJA) while he was still in high school.

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