Support our Trip to Independence

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Hello, we are the Officers of the South High Band. For many of us this is our senior year – our last opportunity to play alongside one another, our last year to play as members of the South High Band.

The South High Band is a developing, urban school ensemble consisting of 87 passionate musicians from South High Community School in Worcester, MA. We do our best to give back to the community, which has been very supportive of our program. From marching in the city’s annual parades to playing at grand openings of businesses and other civic events, the South High Band has become an active, positive component of the City of Worcester.

This year, we have been invited to be Official Representatives of the State of Massachusetts in commemoration of the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, PA.  The trip consists of our performance in Philadelphia and traveling to Annapolis where a navy conductor will work with us.  We will also play side-by side with one of the U.S. Navy ensembles.  

Sending 87 musicians on such a trip may seem impossible, but we are actively fundraising. Still, we are unable to achieve our goal alone. In a school where 80% of its population is at or below poverty level, our resources are limited.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will expand our perspectives and could ultimately change 87 lives.

Slowly, we are finding ways to make our program more sustainable, but it takes time.  We believe that musical and academic success are tickets out of poverty.
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Our clinic with Colonel Dennis Layendecker was both inspiring and educational. This experience has provided more fuel for musical and personal growth. So fantastic! Thank you again, to everyone who contributed to this endeavor.
South High Band with Col. Layendecker
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We have reached our fundraising goal with the gofundme donations combined with other individual and corporate contributions. Yesterday we played the concert in front of Independence Hall as a part of the commemoration of the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Today Col. Layendecker, retired USAF Band Director and current Director of the School of Music at George Mason University will work with us on musicianship and ensemble skills. Grateful is an understatement. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
We did it!!!
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We are so close. With corporate and private donations that have recently been gifted, we are down to the last stretch of our fundraising. If we raise $4,000 more, we will have enough to pay for the trip!!!

Our pep band in Boston 4/5/16.
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We are extremely grateful to the Fuller Foundation ($5,000) and the WEDF ($1,000) for awarding us grant funding for our trip! The photo includes band members, the band director (holding the check) and Louise Clarke from the WEDF (Worcester Educational Foundation).

Including support from the community and corporations, we only need $9,000 to complete the payments for our Trip to Independence!!!

If you are able to share our campaign with contacts who have not yet received it, we would be over the top in no time.

Thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported us !!!
WEDF and Fuller Foundation Grant
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$3,785 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 34 months
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Created January 12, 2016
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KV&A Raghavendra
30 months ago

Good luck to all of you hope you raise more

heather sims
30 months ago

In memory of Diane Stewart.

Marta Bobinski
31 months ago

Good luck, wishing you all the best!

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