WASHINGTON, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana high school band looks to combine fun and fundraising to keep the music playing.
The Washington High School Band like a lot of arts programs in Indiana has been hit by funding cuts generated by changes on the state level for financial support of education.
The band and its boosters are reaching out to the community with a series of fun events with the serious mission of letting the band play on.
The Washington High School band isn't big, but it is full of that young performer enthusiasm.
This show was part of an event called "Drive One For Your School" where people can test drive a car and Ford donates money toward the band program.
It's part of the mix of fun and fund raising here.
"We like to take a different approach," said Washington High School Band Director Doug Sydow, "get the community out and involved in the things we do. This event and Harlem Wizards, we look forward to that as well and Liverpool Legends, we're excited about that as well."
The Wizards who will be at the Hatchet House Friday Night made a pre-view appearance and appreciate the notion of a basketball team supporting the band.
"That's what community is about though. Supporting each other, you know what I'm saying, so that's what its all about helping the band raise some money so they can spread joy an happiness through music," said Dwayne "The Swooper" Simpson with the Wizards.
Around Indiana a lot of schools have seen less funding and Washington is one of those.
However the hope is by having some fun events the band can raise enough money to keep on playing.
"Funding from the school is pretty tight right now, any extra money we can earn is all for the kids," said Sydow.
Kids who are picking up the life lessons of working together, raising money, and experiencing the joy of making music.
The Harlem Wizards bring their brand of basketball, comedy and performance to Washington High School on April 12.
Tickets are $6 in advance and $10 at the door.
Advance tickets can be purchased from any member of the Washington High School Band..at the Chuckles Convenience Stores in Washington and at the Washington Holiday Inn Express.
The Liverpool Legends is a Beatles tribute group that will be doing a joint performance with the W.H.S. Band on May 10th at the Washington High School Auditorium.
Tickets for that event are available at the High School and from band members.
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