The Seminole High School band marches down 113th Street earlier this year during the city’s annual Pow Wow Festival Parade. Most of the band will march in the Jan. 1 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., but some may miss the trip.
SEMINOLE – In about a week, most members of the Seminole High School marching band will be leaving for California for a Jan. 1 appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Unfortunately, because fundraising efforts have come up short, about 12 band members may not be able to make the trip because they haven’t been able to raise the necessary funds.
Between personal fundraising and efforts by the Seminole High Band Boosters, about 132 students and parents are set to go. But for the others, the sadness of not being able to make the trip will tear apart the normal thrill of the Christmas season.
“We’re $30,000-plus short,” said band director Chip Wood. “Our 13 months of fundraising wasn’t as thick and deep as the Macy’s (Parade) trip and other trips we’ve made. Times are tough and philanthropy is down.”
Wood said the cost to send a student to the Pasadena, Calif., parade is $1,970.
“But the cost keeps escalating,” said Wood. “Every day that we get closer to leaving the cost goes up because of airfare increases.”
In past years, the band has used charter flights but this time those set to go are on three separate commercial flights that will depart Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 27. The band’s instruments and luggage will leave on a truck on Sunday, Dec. 23.
The band will perform in the Disneyland parade on Dec. 28 and Bandfest Dec. 30 at Pasadena City College before marching in the main event on New Year’s Day.