Mission’s Faber Drive played a private charity concert Friday night to raise funds for an orphanage in Thailand. Band members Dave Faber

Mission’s Faber Drive played a private charity concert Friday night to raise funds for an orphanage in Thailand. Band members Dave Faber

A driving force

Local band Faber Drive raises $5,000 for orphanage in Thailand

Dave Faber and his band Faber Drive might have touched the hearts of his family and friends last week at a private concert, but his music affected the souls of nearly 30 children at an orphanage in Thailand.

“It was mostly my wife’s idea,” said Faber, who held the concert at a family home in rural Mission. “She’s the one who organized and set up the whole thing. I helped out as best I could.”

As Faber Drive rocked the benefit concert, their 200 supporters opened up their wallets and the group raised more than $5,000 for the Baan Burk Faa Orphanage.

“It was for a good cause,” said Faber, who used the opportunity to teach his three children, Isaiah, Faith, and Patience about helping other people in need.

His children also took the stage, performing in a band called Dutch Blitz, and 14-year-old Izzi belted out his first single, I’m A Geek, which was recently released and available on iTunes.

Faber and Izzi also shared a song they wrote together called Chocolate Milk.

This is the second benefit concert hosted by Faber Drive. The first took place two years ago to help purchase a water well in Africa. Faber learned about the orphanage through a friend, and members from the church to which they belong also spoke about going to Thailand to help.

The orphanage is run by a woman and her husband and your heart breaks to hear about something like that, said Faber.

While it was rare to play to an audience which he knew personally, Faber said the experience was similar to other live concerts at larger venues.

“It’s nice to play to family and friends, but it feels the same because we try to it make it a personal show,” Faber explained. “We like to interact with the audience.”

Faber told The Record his wife, Ricarda, has plans to organize a similar concert in another two years, but isn’t sure if it would get any larger or if it would be open to his other fans.

Faber Drive fans who want to see the band live might not have to wait too long. The band recently released Too Little Too Late, featuring Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier, from their newest album Lost in Paradise and will be shooting a video soon.

Faber says the band wants to go to Asia this fall following a record deal with 13 countries, but will be planning local concerts soon after.

Faber Drive’s latest work is available on iTunes. For more information about the band, visit faberdrive.com.

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