Ringgold band raising money for Disney trip
CARROLL TOWNSHIP - With a little hard work, the Ringgold High School marching band will be performing in Disney World.
And, in this case, "a little hard work" means more than just practicing with their musical instruments.
The 110-member band is busy trying to raise more than $89,000 to pay for the trip, which has become somewhat of a rite over the years.
"It's something we do on a four-year rotation," said Hilary Brown, band director. "Every four years we go to Disney World. The other three, we go somewhere else. This year, it's our turn to go back to Disney."
Brown said Ringgold is scheduled to go April 16-23 and will march at one of three parades at Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios or Disney-MGM.
However, there is a little matter of raising the required funds.
"Each student needs to raise between $600 and $800 for the trip," Brown said. "To go, we need quite a lot of money, over $89,000. That's a lot of money."
One way the band hopes to raise the money is through its first-ever flea market. The flea market will be held Sept. 11 in the high school cafeteria and in the outdoor area near the cafe.
"Right now, we're looking at holding the flea market from noon to 6 p.m., but those hours could be changed," Brown said.
The flea market is open to the public and Brown said the band is selling table space to anyone who wishes to participate.
"We've already sold some tables, but we have room for plenty more," she said. "People have until Sept. 3 to contact us at (724) 258-2200 (ext. 129) to reserve a table."
Brown says she has no idea how much money this particular fund-raiser will bring in.
"We haven't put a number on it because we've never had a flea market before."
But she added that the band members have been busy each month with one form of fund-raising or another.
"Most of the students already have about $200 in their accounts," she said. "We have fund-raisers each month for them to participate in. The money they raise goes right into their account. Students also have the option of just putting money into their accounts."
Brown realizes the total cost of the trip is high, but she added, "We go there for an entire week and we do fly there."
Plus, it is a great experience.
"This is good for the kids," she said. "They get to have a great experience to remember and they work to earn it."