Band gets start on Inaugural fund-raising |

Band gets start on Inaugural fund-raising

by Merrie Leininger, Staff Writer

Douglas High School Band Director Bill Zabelsky said the band needs help and fast if his young musicians are going to go to Washington D.C. for the Jan. 20 Inauguration of George W. Bush.

The band has received $4,240 in donations so far, but has a much higher goal – $65,000.

“We are truly the representatives of Carson Valley and the state of Nevada and we will make the community proud,” Zabelsky said. “But we can’t do it without their support financially.”

Zabelsky said all the expenses – airplane tickets, hotel rooms, charter buses and food for 60 students and 10 adults – add up quickly and many companies are requiring large deposits. The goal was originally $75,000, but Zabelsky said he got good deals on airfare. He booked the group into a hotel in Annapolis, 40 miles from Washington, in order to find cheaper accommodations.

“It will be a historical moment for us to play before the parade and for a crowd. Then we get to watch the President and Vice President go by and be able to see some sights in the nation’s capital,” he said.

Meanwhile, the money is trickling in. The Bently Nevada Corp. donated $3,615, the amount needed for a deposit on plane tickets. At Thursday’s county commission meeting, the board will consider donating to the cause. Twelve years ago when the band last played at an Inauguration, the county donated $10,000.

Zabelsky said he submitted an agenda item to the Douglas County School Board asking trustees to match whatever the county donates. The board meets Jan. 9 at Kingsbury Middle School in Zephyr Cove.

For information, or to donate, contact Zabelsky at Douglas High School, P.O. Box 1888, Minden 89423.