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Band seeks help to keep marching

Kids from right to left: Angelica Rodriguez, Kim Harrison, Evan Vo and Aubrey Putsanu warming up before the Sept. 16th game.
Special to R-C-Laurie Doane |

The Douglas High School music department is marching into the school year with several competitions and shows.

The marching band has been invited to the San Diego Holiday Bowl Dec. 26-29 where they will perform during the Big Balloon Parade and a battle of the bands competition.

They will also be competing at McQueen High School, Galena High School and the University of Nevada, Reno, leading up to the San Diego event.

“This is a once in a life time opportunity for them,” said music director Christi Blahnik. “They’re excited to do something different and to showcase their talents at a variety of venues.”

One of the biggest drawbacks the music department is facing is the funding. The band must raise $42,000, $600 per student, by Nov. 1 to make their goals possible.

The music department has also been facing several budget cuts and according to music booster member Quinn Vo, transportation of high school students over long distances has also been cut.

“Being that the deadline is November, it gives us a short window to raise the necessary funds,” said Vo.

Vo and Blahnik said the students have been working hard and have put in about 300 hours over the summer and since school has started to prepare for the upcoming events and competitions.

“We have a lot of dedicated students,” said Blahnik. “We want to see everyone have the opportunity to go and participate because of the amount of effort they have put in.”

Not only are the students practicing and enhancing their performances they are also working hard to raise the funds for their upcoming events.

A car wash was held during the summer and a golf tournament and banquet is set for October.

“The tournament is our biggest fundraiser, where we hope to raise the bulk of the funds,” said Blahnik. “It’s difficult for a lot of the students to come up with the amount to go and we hope to be able to ease that stress for them.”

The golf tournament will be Oct. 22 at the Carson Valley Golf Course. Shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and the banquet is at 12:30 p.m. Early bird special is $100 per golfer by Oct. 1 and $110 per golfer there after. Sponsors can sign up as a tee sponsor or hole sponsor for $600 which includes foursome, tee box, and sign distribution of flyers/swag to participants. The tournament will offer prizes and raffles throughout the day too.

Blahnik said they are also accepting general donations, which can be made out to the Douglas High School Music Department, and their annual raffles and more fundraisers are in the works.

“The community has been real generous and supportive,” said Blahnik. “We hope to see it continue and for every student to have the opportunity to participate and to have these experiences.”

For more information and how to donate visit http://www.dhsmusicdepartment.com or call Christi Blahnik, 782-5136 ex. 1723.