Band working to raise money for D.C. trip

Mountain Crest High School’s Marching Band has accepted Governor Herbert’s invitation to represent Utah in the 2011 Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Now band members and boosters are making plans to raise part of the money needed. Band Booster President Connie Albrechtsen said the first event is Saturday. “Several former band members work at Arkana Salon which has offered to make its’ services available from six p.m. until midnight with haircuts for just $10 and massages a dollar a minute,” said Albrechtsen. She said each band member must raise $1300 each in order to make the trip next summer. “We have been invited before to perform in this parade but we haven’t had the opportunity to accept it,” said Albrechtsen. “This time we did. We have the school district behind us and Principal (Bob) Henke has been great to support us. We have 120 band members and chaperones committed to the trip.” One of the traditions of the band season is coming up Friday at 7 p.m. at Mountain Crest. “Sky View’s band comes out first and presents their show and then we present our show to them. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a great night. We really enjoy competing against Sky View but the camaraderie that exists that night is incredible. Sky View’s band is just like our kids, they all work very hard and they have an awesome marching band.” The season for high school band competitions is underway. On November 8 these bands will be in St. George for the Bands of America regional competition. Both Mountain Crest and Sky View have done well in such events. “Also, we host the Bridgerland Band Invitational October 30 at USU’s Romney Stadium,” said Albrechtsen.

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