The invitation has been issued and accepted. The Cedaredge High School band and choir will be representing Colorado at the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington, D.C., in May 2016.
Now begins the hard work of raising funds for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. An appeal for help is being extended through CrowdRise, an online fundraising website.
"Our marching band is currently a four-time consecutive Class 1A state champion and the Cedaredge High School music program, led by Melissa Gross, has grown from 17 students in 2011 to over 50 students in 2015," parent boosters explain on the Crowd-
Rise web page.
"The cost to send a student on this trip is $1,200. While our students are working hard to earn the money for this trip, we are seeking donations from music lovers around the world to help make this happen."
The band, choir and show choir will participate in the National Memorial Day Parade May 30 and the National Memorial Day Concert Series May 28-30.
The National Memorial Day Parade will take place on historic Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street before a street audience of several hundred thousand spectators. The parade will feature musical ensembles from every branch of the military, invited bands from every state in America, veterans groups, military and specialty units, floats and VIPs.
The concert series commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Participating ensembles will be featured performers at the national World War II Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Air Force Memorial or the U.S. Navy Memorial.
The Cedaredge musicians were nominated by Congressman Scott Tipton; the invitation was extended by the American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International.
Learn more and make a donation at http://www.crowdrise.com/cedaredgemusicbooste.
The aquatics area at Bill Heddles Recreation Center continues to be closed as staff awaits the arrival of new lighting equipment and wiring.
"We are moving forward on this repair as fast as supplies will allow us to," said recreation director Wilma Erven.