Windsor High School Band still fundraising for trip to play at Pearl Harbor’s 75th anniversary
November 13, 2016
Windsor High School Marching Band is weeks from playing at the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7.
Only one of 14 bands nationally to be selected for this honor, the band will perform along the U.S. Marine Corps band in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, and play at the USS Missouri battleship.
When Windsor High was chosen, Liane Weinberger, president of the band's booster club and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force reserve, wanted students to understand the weight of that fateful day in American history. She and the booster club organized with The Marine Historical Society to provide each student with a "casualty card."
Each card contains information about a marine who was killed at the attack of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Band members were told they have been playing this entire season on behalf of the soldier on their cards.
The students will also have the opportunity to whitness a U.S. Navy launch, and participat4e in a wreath laying ceremony.
The cost of the trip came to about $2,100 per student, plus meals. After a $20,000 grant from the Windsor Town Board, $11,500 from Lori and Gary Mayle's fund raiser, The Tyler2Miler, and a handful of donations from the community, the band is still raising money to help families of the 100 students attending pay for students to attend. The band is nearly $30,000 away from their fundraising goal.
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Their gofundme page is still active for any last-minute contributions toward the band's trip at http://www.gofundme.com/whspearlharbor.