by Lisa Tome
Jacob Young has developed an affinity for Elkton.
Young, an Emmy winning actor who has played various soap opera characters on General Hospital, the Bold and the Beautiful, and All My Children, now has set his sights on helping Elkton High School's Band.
Young married an Elkton High School graduate, Kristen. Now Young, who is working to have a country music career in addition to acting, plans to perform in Elkton.
In a phone interview over the weekend, Young described why he will perform in Elkton, his ties to the town, and more.
"I was (during high school) in the concert choir. It was a capella. Music has always been a huge part of my life. When government funding for music gets cut, it hurts me inside. I want to raise money and give back and make sure they (band members) have everything they need," said Young. A Town of Elkton event, in partnership with Elkton High, will have Young taking the stage in the school's auditorium on June 3.
"We always make the time to come to Elkton. My kids love their mom mom and pop pop (who live in Elkton). The people I've been introduced to in Elkton are good folks. I love the people that I do know here. I don't know people there who are not nice. They are lovely human beings," said Young.
He won't be the only performer. Danielle, an Elkton singer takes the stage at 4 p.m. Leon Smith and the Up All Night Band perform at 5:15 p.m. Young, the headliner, begins his show at 6:30 p.m.
Young said his band will include top notch performers. The musicians have performed with acts such as Taylor Swift. "I'm using Taylor Swift's drummer. I'm beside myself to bring these people to Elkton," he said.
Doors open at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $25. All of the VIP tickets, which offer a meet and greet with Young, are sold out. "A lot of people know who he is. People bought the VIP tickets immediately," said Jessica Price who works for Elkton's Chamber/Alliance.
The Elkton High Band has been working to fund new uniforms for several years. The band will receive a portion of the proceeds from the concert. There will also be intermissions between all of the performances on June 3. Concessions, with proceeds to benefit the band, will be sold.
Young said that while his commitment is to fund uniforms, he will also buy instruments. "We want to have them (the band) looking neat and sounding good," said Young. "All these extra curriculars are suffering. I want to make sure these kids have everything they need and know they are loved."