RICHLAND, WA - Hanford High students have been invited to participate in a national music event, but before they can go they have to raise funds at events like Saturday's holiday bazaar.
"They each need to raise $1,500 on their own," said Hanford Music Association member Joyce Bowman.
That is a lot of cash for high school students to raise, but with fun and creative fundraisers, the Hanford High wind ensemble is making a dent in their travel costs. They are one of only 20 bands nation-wide that were invited to go to Indianapolis for the Music For All Festival.
"It's quite an honor. A lot of these kids...some of them have never been on a trip like this before," said Bowman.
At the holiday bazaar they sold items that they made and parents made treats like fudge and pastries. The proceeds will help pay for travel costs. Out back in the parking lot they collected lightly used items for Goodwill. For every pound donated they made 10 cents. This is just the beginning. The students have worked hard to get to this point and they will have plenty more fundraisers until their trip in March.
"Most bands take a few years of working and preparation to be able to go and we made it in our first year, which was a big surprise to everyone and it's really exciting," explained tube player Cole Lobdell.