Band director Tom Straight said the band wants to go to Dublin, Ireland, for the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities. He
estimates the trip, including round trip flight and accommodations will cost nearly $90,000.
To make the cost of the trip reasonable for families, the band members are raising funds.Straight
said a trip committee is raising money for the overall trip fund to lower the cost for the individual members.Band students are raising funds for their individual accounts, he
The band has already begun raising funds.Members made about $2,000 selling pepperoni rolls and are now selling candy, Straight
said.A "cow patty bingo" is planned for June.Straight
optimistic the band will meet its goals and become Ireland-bound.
"When parents, kids and teachers are all working toward one goal, great things happen," he
said they chose Ireland for the history, including the castles, fortresses and other historic places.
"I want them to see real history," Straight
said."There's nothing like touching part of a fortress." He
estimated about 80 percent of his
students have Irish ancestry.
If they don't raise enough money for their dream trip, Straight
said the band will choose an alternative.