Anyone looking for a sign of hope and promise for the future? Shine a spotlight on this: After a 4 year gap, the Palm Springs Spirit of the Sands Band and Visual Corps is planning an international performance tour! The 11th such event in 25 years of the Band’s history, the 2024 itinerary will send 50 Palm Springs High school instrumentalists and visual corps to Spain! With stops to perform in Valencia, Madrid and Grenada the opportunities for cross-cultural exchange will be plentiful, and the tour program’s musical lineup reflects the Band’s desire to share the rich tradition of SoCal sights, sounds and culture. The Band will begin practicing works from Arturo Marquez, Steven Bryant, Oja Gjeilo, and Jaime Texidor and applying for their passports immediately following football season. That is…if we can raise the funds.
Overseas travel is pricey at the best of times, but inflation has tightened the family finances of many Spirit of the Sands students. In order to provide a complete experience for the audience, every performer needs to be present, and the cost per student is $3,000. The math may be daunting, but with a community like ours, anything is possible! Every contribution will be greatly appreciated, and tax deductible - the Band and Corps are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.
Help reboot this invaluable opportunity to expand the horizons of talented Palm Springs young people today, with your GoFundMe donation of any amount contributing to the entire ensemble’s goal.