Nov 1, 2012 11:14 PM by Maddie Garrett
A week ago, KATC did a story about the UL Marching Band's invitation to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It's an honor only given to ten bands every year and a chance to shine in the national spotlight. But that honor comes with a hefty price tag, and with just two weeks before they leave for the trip, the band is having trouble coming up with the money.
"They're working very hard to raise the money, it's just we're coming up a little bit short," said Dr. Brian Taylor, UL Band Director.
Short -- to the tune of $60,000 dollars.
"We leave two weeks from next Monday and we need to pay for everything before we go, so our backs are against the wall and we need to get as many students there as possible," explained Taylor.
Taylor said a major fundraiser to sell old band uniforms fell through. On top of that, they're being charged more than estimated for fuel for the charter plane needed to get them there and back in between two home football games. Taylor said normally they would fly commercial and ship the instruments ahead of time on a truck to save money.
"Logistically it's a nightmare," said Taylor. "So in order to get our instruments from here after the game, up there and then back, the only way to do that is by charter plane."
That isn't cheap, the plane makes up about half of the trip's total cost of $450,000. The cost per student is $1,575, and that doesn't cover the entire cost of the trip. Taylor said one way to help is to adopt a band member.
"It's more than writing a check, they can hear first hand how their money, how they're donation helped a student and the experience that student had in representing UL and Lafayette," said Taylor.
If you'd like to adopt a band member or simply make a donation to the UL Band, go to: www.ullafayettefoundation.org.
Click on "Make a Gift" and then select "UL Marching Band New York Trip."
You can also call Taylor's office at: (337)482-5157.