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Transplant Band sings for organ donation

Group to raise money for hospital

POSTED: March 6, 2014 1:00 a.m.

The newly formed Gainesville group The Transplant Band was created for one purpose: to “share the beat.”

Not just the musical beat of Henry Troutman on drums, Tom Kirk on bass guitar or any of the other five talented musicians, but the beat of a life-saving heart, which signifies the band’s central motivation.

“We wanted to promote organ donor awareness and to do it as a thank you to the doctors and the nurses at the (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) Egleston hospital,” Troutman said.

The band will play its inaugural show Saturday at “The Loft” on the second floor of Scott’s Downtown restaurant on Bradford Street in Gainesville. All proceeds will benefit the pediatric hospital, which provides many services including cardiac and organ transplant care.

Troutman, a registered organ donor himself, put together the band by bringing together talents from several area bands such as the longtime charitable band, Mid Life Crisis.

“There are several people in our community that have received organ transplants,” he said. “What a blessing it is that we have this hospital that is able to save someone’s life using body parts.

“We just wanted to give back to some of the medical community that gives 110 percent everyday.”

Concertgoers can expect to see a show of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, and possibly some disco, he said.

The band itself is made up of Donna Weaver on vocals, Mike Haynes on keyboard and vocals, Mike Gottsman on electric guitar and vocals, Athena Robinson on vocals, Doug Ellison on guitar, Kirk on bass guitar and Troutman on drums. Most of the members are veteran musicians, and some have more than a decade’s worth of experience.

When asked how much money he would like to see raised, Troutman said “as much money as possible. It doesn’t matter if it is $100 or $5,000, every little bit counts.”

Music starts at 9 p.m. on the second floor of Scott’s Downtown, at 131 Bradford St. in Gainesville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Scott’s Downtown or Green’s Grocery in Gainesville.


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