They’ve manned concession stands, assisted with dog auctions, peddled cookie dough, and even staged a highly successful dinner and show, with all proceeds going toward this month’s band competition in Colorado. So it was both surprising and disappointing when Cabool High School band students and Cabool Music Boosters found out this week that after a year and a half of fund raising, they are short on transportation funds needed for the trip.
“We’ve run into a problem with transportation costs,” said Sandy Luerssen, president of Cabool Music Boosters, “because of unforeseen expenses that had to be taken from the transportation budget and used for those expenses.”
An emergency meeting of the Boosters was held Monday evening to brainstorm on ways to make up the estimated $2,500 to $3,000 shortfall in transportation costs. The rest of the trip is paid for, including lodging and breakfasts while in Colorado, and the group plans to prepare many of the other meals to reduce food costs.
With the cost of a chartered bus out of reach, the group had originally planned to use two school buses and four bus drivers for the 16-hour trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, and the return trip. However, the cost of two buses with drivers was found to be closer to $6,000, so plans were downsized to one school bus with two drivers to transport the 40 band members and their sponsors/chaperones, plus their luggage. A private vehicle would accompany the bus and haul band instruments in a closed trailer.
Even with going with one bus and a trailer, the group had a shortage of “$2,500 to $3,000 to cover costs for transportation,” Luerssen said.
The trip is set to begin the evening of Tuesday, March 29, driving through the night. The group will return late Saturday, April 2, or early Sunday, April 3. Between now and March 29, band students will be involved with district contests, practices and other school activities, leaving no time to put together additional fundraising events. So the Boosters are turning to the community to assist in whatever ways they can.
Luerssen said donation of food items that could be used on the trip, such as bottled water, sandwich and snack items, even meal ingredients such as hamburgers or spaghetti, would help reduce food costs and free up money that could then go toward transportation. And, of course, cash donations are certainly welcomed.
If you would like to donate items toward the band’s trip, you may do so at the Cabool High School office or at the Cabool Enterprise office, 525 Main, or mail your monetary donation to P.O. Box 734, Cabool, MO 65689 no later than Monday, March 21.
Fifth and Sixth Grade Music Students, under the direction of Kate Presser, will be performing their spring program entitled “Making the Band” on Thursday evening, February 25, at the HS Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Students should arrive at 5:40 pm wearing regular school attire. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the show!
Over $3,600 was raised at last Saturday evening’s dinner, show and auction held by the Cabool Schools music department at the community storm shelter.
The evening began with a lasagna dinner served by music department students to over 200 persons in attendance. Students then presented an Ed Sullivan-like variety show with a number of acts. This was followed by an auction of home-baked pies.
Funds raised will assist with a spring band trip planned to a competition out of state.
Auctioneer Hank Grosenbacher took bids on a pie displayed by Shelby Dobson during the pie auction held at last Saturday evening’s music department dinner at the community storm shelter.
Closing out the variety show portion of the January 30 fundraiser for the music department was a lively rendition of “Men in Tights” that was an audience pleaser.
Making the South Central Association All-Conference Band following recent auditions were Cabool High School students, front row from left, Jessica Bratton, Allison Vonallmen and Lindsey Beeman; second row, Angel Adams, Ashley Homer and Jenna Cantrell; third row, Haden Liska and Colby Flanagan; fourth row, Forest Swisher and Andrew Taylor; back row, Adam Hatfield, Adam Block and Jamison Todd.
Earning honors as members of the South Central Association All-Conference Band were Cabool Middle School students, front. Elijah Garner; second row, Lauren Miller, Maggie Wells and McKenzie Hall; back row, Dawnya Ladd, Hayden Casper and Elizabeth Turpin.
Cabool High School art students will be holding a winter art sale at the high school library.
The sale, which will start Tuesday, December 1, and run through December 15 will feature a variety of students’ works, including ceramics, Christmas cards, jewelry, painting, prints, welded sculptures, wooden signs, and assorted craft items.
Hours will be 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The sale will also be open on Saturday, December 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Of the 49 student poems entered in the Live Poets' Society writing competition, 4 of authors have had their works selected for publication.
Dylan Medley will have his work published in the anthology Inside of Me.
Rebecca Gorton will have her work published in the anthology Of Faith and Inspiration.
Erin Sparks will have her work published in the anthology Of Love and Dedication.
Emily Dobson will have his work published in the anthology My World.
Only about 2% of the poems submitted are selected for publication in these topical anthologies.
The Cabool High School marching band last Saturday took first place in the Gainesville Hootin’ & Hollerin’ parade. Shown are, top row from left, Adam Hatfield, Saxton Green, Henry Sanders, Jamison Todd, Baylea O’Dell, Audra Wood, Forest Swisher, and Dylan Ficken.; second row, Skylar McKee, Colby Flanagan, Shane Bradshaw, Adam Block, Madison Donnalley, Matthew Luerssen, and Joel Morrison; third row, Emily Dobson, Marissa Mathews, Ashley Homer, Kenneth Alden, Tray Wiggs, Forrest Morris, Amanda Middleton, and Sean Sawyer; fourth row, Nathan Sawyer, Adam Brewer, drum major Aubrey Frisbee, drum major Jared Luerssen,, drum major Haden Liska, Wesley Hayes, Ian Smart, and Steven Glover; and front row, color guard members Allison Vonallmen, Jessica Bratton, Angel Adams, Grace Carter, Jenna Cantrell, Rebekah Curry, Natalie Swisher, and Lynsie Beeman. Not pictured is band member Andrew Taylor and band director Wendy Inman.
Cabool High School senior Sarah Luallen was crowned the 2015 Homecoming queen in a ceremony before the varsity football game. She received her crown from last year's queen, Shelby Dobson, left.
Students at Cabool High School elected their student body officers last week. They are, front row from left, president Jett Crawford, vice president Adam Block, and reporter Sydnee Frisbee; back row, secretary Zach Hoots and treasurer Haden Liska.
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