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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007 12:00 am

More than 5,000 people joined together May 3 at Fort Rucker for WKMX's "Band Aide for EHS," a benefit concert to help heal wounds left behind by a March 1 deadly tornado that struck Enterprise High School, killing eight students and injuring many more.

Internationally recognized band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus performed along with Brandon Kelley, Course of Nature and Skyline Drive, who all have ties with the local area, and May Day.

Photo: Melissa Reeves shares a special moment with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus band member Duke Kitchens.

More than 5,000 people joined together May 3 at Fort Rucker for WKMX's "Band Aide for EHS," a benefit concert to help heal wounds left behind by a March 1 deadly tornado that struck Enterprise High School, killing eight students and injuring many more.

Internationally recognized band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus performed along with Brandon Kelley, Course of Nature and Skyline Drive, who all have ties with the local area, and May Day.

Band members of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus visited with EHS students earlier that day at Enterprise-Ozark Community College. Their appearance at school, as well as the concert, was very meaningful for many of the students.

The students' prom song, "Guardian Angel," is one of the band's songs, but more importantly, Jamie Vidensek, one of the students killed in the tornado, chose the song before the tornado struck the school.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was strongly influenced to volunteer their time at the concert after many EHS students sent them emails requesting they perform at the school's prom.

Ronnie Winter, lead vocalist for the band, said it was an honor to be a part of the concert.

"We wanted to do whatever we could to help our fans in the area," he said.

EHS senior class president Sarah Carroll said the entire prom committee voted to choose "Guardian Angel" not yet realizing how appropriate the song would be just weeks later during the school's prom.

According to Kelly Galore of the "Squirrel and Kelly" morning show at WKMX, the radio station is still not sure exactly how much money will be donated to the school after expenses are paid.

Galore thanked sponsors and Fort Rucker who volunteered the use of its football field for the concert.

"Fort Rucker has gone above and beyond to help us with this," Galore said.

The Fort Rucker field proved to be an excellent site for the concert. Large screens were placed around the stage area and were used to show pictures of the eight students who lost their lives. Eight spotlights were also turned on, one at a time, in honor of the students. The spotlights shined bright into the sky until the concert ended after midnight.

Skyline Drive performed "Carry On," wrote in honor of AJ Jackson. Jackson lost his life while trying to hold a wall up in third hall of the school so other students could escape. According to the band's Myspace, the song captures the events of March 1 through AJ's eyes; talking to the girl who's life he saved at his own expense in the first two verses, then to his mom in the third verse.

"We wrote this song in memory of friends that we lost on March 1; but more importantly, we wrote this as a song of hope for everyone who has experienced tragedy and loss in their lives, especially at a young age," Skyline Drive writes. "Tragic events like those will live on as some of the most memorable moments in our lives. But more important than the event itself, is the lasting impression that it leaves on our lives; reminding us to not sweat the small stuff, to tell the ones we care about that we love them, and to live every moment like it's our last. We will carry on."

Tickets were limited to 4,000, with 1,300 going to EHS students. The concert was a sell out days before the show.

Photo: More than 5,000 packed Fort Rucker's football field last Thursday for WKMX's "Band Aide" concert.

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