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Douglas band offers players up for "adoption"

by Heidi Alder

International excitement is in store for the Douglas High School Fighting Tiger Marching Band.

Band director Bill Zabelsky explained, “The band has been invited to participate in the nationally televised Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, Calif.”

It is the year of the rabbit.

Zabelsky said this will be the fifth year the band will have attended the parade.

The process to enter began in October, when Douglas was invited to apply. This meant filling out a three-page application that had to include the awards the band has won, number of playing members, pictures of formations and uniforms and the musical selection the band would play if accepted.

The band will play “Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa, which is what the band played at a Fairfield, Calif., competition. The band placed third in its division, and a total of 56 bands competed, Zabelsky said. Douglas High’s band was also the only out-of-state band to invited to perform.

It took a few months for decisions to be made for the Chinese New Year Parade.

“We were notified at the beginning of January that we were accepted,” Zabelsky said, “which doesn’t give a lot of time for fund-raising.”

The parade will take place Saturday, Feb. 27. The marching band will leave Friday afternoon and return Sunday.

“We need to raise enough money for 80 people, band members and chaperones,” Zabelsky said, “which is approximately $8,000.”

The band has used the Adopt-A-Band-Member program to raise money for this parade each year they have participated.

For $25, a band member of choice – or $100 for a section – may be adopted. It is a standing price for all sections, regardless of size.

Those who adopt will receive a certificate, picture and letter of thanks.

“Each member is required to get a minimum of three adoptions,” Zabelsky said.

“With all the support the community gave (earlier in the year), we’re hoping they will continue to support us in this venture,” Zabelsky said, “so that we’ll get enough money to go. We are the representative for Nevada.”

Dr. Stuart S. Drange, a Gardnerville dentist, has always supported the band, and had been one of the first to donate money.

“He’s given us $200 in the past,” Zabelsky said, “and we really appreciate the support, as we do with all ‘band aides.'”

“It’s an exciting parade, with fire-crackers, dragons and the street full of people through the whole parade route,” Zabelsky said.

Those interested in adopting a member can contact Zabelsky at the high school, 782-5136.

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