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Gresham native gives back in Salvation Army concert

The Gresham Salvation Army’s annual concert benefitting after-school youth, music and sports programs for low-income children will bring an array of sounds from musicians both young and seasoned to East Multnomah County next week.

The concert held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Corps building, 472 S.E. 194th Ave. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., features Michael Allen Harrison, Mac Potts, Hailey Rowden and students from the Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy. In addition to music, the event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with more than 100 items and gift baskets.

The concert is free to the public. All proceeds support after-school programs including the Gresham Music Academy, which provides free music lessons for any student in need. Children can learn brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar, voice, xylophone and ukulele and take part in group lessons for choir, timbrels, band and drums.

Major James Sullivan, officer of the Salvation Army Gresham Corps, said this is the ninth year for the concert. About 45 children are enrolled in the music program, which is run by volunteers.

Pianist Michael Allen Harrison, the main performer every year, donates his time to the Salvation Army.

Rowden is a former student of the music academy.

“She played the piano in the Gresham Music Academy for over 10 years and she grew and grew and grew, and we couldn’t teach her anymore,” Sullivan said. “Michael (Harrison) took her on as a student and gave her free music lessons and helped her become the professional that she is today.”

Potts, who also is performing, is engaged to Rowden.

A Gresham native, Rowden recently released her first album, “Blossom & Bloom.” She attends Clark College near Vancouver, Wash., where she is expected to graduate with a associate’s degree in June. She works as a piano teacher at Every Family Needs Music learning center, 1212-C S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland, which is a small piano studio where she teaches children in the Portland metro area.

The event is sponsored by Weston Pontiac Buick GMC Kia and Teeny Foods in Gresham. Heritage, gold, silver, bronze and friends-level sponsors are still needed for amounts of $100 to $5,000. Donations of items are also still needed for the silent and live auctions. To donate money or items, contact Marcia McQuade at 503-661-8972 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..