Tickets on sale Friday for Grand Funk performance at Trine

Tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, for a concert by groundbreaking rock group Grand Funk Railroad at Trine University.

The band will perform in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts on March 11, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the concert beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at trine.edu/furth. Prices range from $45 to $65.

Originating from Flint, Michigan, in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, ”We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder." Joining them are singer Max Carl, a rock veteran from 38 Special; lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, best known for his 12 years with KISS; and keyboardist Tim Cashion, whose credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. Mega-hits “We’re An American Band,” “I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home,” “Locomotion” and “Some Kind Of Wonderful” still receive continuous airplay on classic rock radio. “We’re An American Band” has received notoriety in recent years, being used in movie sound tracks and television/radio advertising.

Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles.

Over its career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, eight Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (“We’re An American Band” and “Locomotion,” both selling more than 1 million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band May 10, 2002, for its greatest hits package “Grand Funk Railroad The Collectors Series.”