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Musicians get big check for trip

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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The big check was in hand last week as the Cedaredge High School band and choir were presented with a donation of $2,000 by the Western Colorado Community Foundation. The money is for the band and choir to travel to and perform next

As of last week, the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir had reached the $24,000 mark in their fundraising campaign to pay costs of a trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring.

Band mom Lesley Lewis told a gathering of community leaders at the Cedaredge Library last Thursday that it will take an estimated total of $70,000 for the 48 band and choir members to make the trip along with their musical instruments and other luggage. They will perform in a by-invitation appearance during the nation's Memorial Day observance on the Washington Mall.

The band and choir received a $2,000 donation from the Western Colorado Community Foundation last week to add to their fundraising total.

In addition, an anonymous Cedaredge High School alumnus has made a challenge grant to the community for the project. If $5,000 is raised from other CHS alumni, it will be matched by the $5,000 challenge. Lewis told the DCI last week that the group was only $700 short of raising the needed $5,000 match required from CHS alumni.

The $2,000 donation from WCCF comes from the foundation's David Moore Fund.

Lewis also reports that the school musicians were invited to perform the national anthem at the Sept. 5 Colorado Rockies game, and a fundraising golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Cedaredge Golf Club. The tournament had been originally scheduled for last month but was postponed to September.

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