The Unicoi County High School Bluegrass Band will once again take the show on the road when the group of young singers and musicians travel to New Orleans to perform at the National School Board Association Conference in April.
However, before they can do that the members of the band need your help.
The band has been busy fundraising and working on new songs for this show. This is a great honor for the students and they are looking forward to representing their home community at this prestigious event, sponsor Lori Ann Wright told The Erwin Record. In order to go on the trip, the band will need to raise approximately $7,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses. Thanks to generous community support at performances in December and January, the band has earned some of the necessary travel monies, but they still need to raise about $4,500 to finish covering expenses. In addition to performance fundraising, the band is asking for donations for the trip.
The next fundraiser for the band will be the Biscuits & Bluegrass dinner scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the UCHS cafeteria.
Guests will enjoy a country style breakfast for supper meal while listening to the bluegrass band perform a collection of traditional bluegrass, country and gospel songs, Wright said. Tickets for the event are $10 per person and include dinner, a program with recipes and the musical entertainment. To reserve a seat, please see a band member, call 743-1632 or email [email protected] A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds go toward band travel expenses, according to Wright.
The UCHS Bluegrass Band was invited to perform at the National School Board Association Conference after an exciting performance at the Tennessee School Board Association Conference in Nashville last November.
“It felt like all the hard work had paid off after all as soon as I stepped on that stage and saw the crowd blown away by our performance,” freshman band member Courtney Harris said.
The trip to New Orleans will give the students the opportunity to experience one of the nations most interesting cities and they are anxiously anticipating the trip.
For the remainder of this article please see the February 19, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.