Summit bands to perform 4-hour marathon of music; hoping to raise 10K for the program

Summit High School’s bands will perform in a unique fundraising event Friday hoping to raise money for instruments and travel – but they might need to use some of the money for lip balm.

The 2nd annual Summit Bands Play-a-Thon will feature students playing for four straight hours on December 13th. The goal is to raise $10,000.

Students are out now trying to raise pledges for the night, asking people to donate per-minute.

Currently 120 students participate in Summit Bands in four main ensembles: Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Band members are also active with community involvement through the pep band at Summit home football games, the basketball band and marching band.

Recent accomplishments include a 3rd place finish at the Mountain Valley Conference Festival for the Winds Ensemble.

Any amount can support the bands’ mission to provide an excellent experience for students, but here’s how your contribution can help:

$.10/minute ($24): 1-2 sets of drum sticks or mallets

$.25/minute ($60): 1 jazz or stage band piece of music (score and parts)

$.50/minute ($120): 1 concert band or wind ensemble piece of music (score and parts)

$1/minute ($240): 1 school instrument repair

$2/minute ($480): 1 bus to a local festival

$3/minute ($720): 1 bus to a state or regional festival (over the mountains)

For more info, visit the Summit Bands’ Friends of Music website or the “Play-a-Thon” site.

If any businesses want to get involved via sponsorship, they should contact summitfom@gmail.com directly.

Image courtesy Matthew Lasala.

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