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Last-ditch fundraiser meets South Whidbey High School band’s goal

South Whidbey High School Jazz Ensemble students play during a recent performance. From the back row: Alec Chinnery, Ben Nerison, Jonas Anderson, Collin Burns, Kari Hustad, Mei Mei Hensler; in the middle row: Garrett Poteat, Joe Ballestrasse, Nicholas Simmons, Evan Mellish, Liam Twomey, Anton Klein, Tesla Dussault; in the front row: Jack Hood, Patrick Shive, Joel Worster, Mara Bush, Heidi Klein, Conor Workman and Kris Watson. - Robin Bush photo
South Whidbey High School Jazz Ensemble students play during a recent performance. From the back row: Alec Chinnery, Ben Nerison, Jonas Anderson, Collin Burns, Kari Hustad, Mei Mei Hensler; in the middle row: Garrett Poteat, Joe Ballestrasse, Nicholas Simmons, Evan Mellish, Liam Twomey, Anton Klein, Tesla Dussault; in the front row: Jack Hood, Patrick Shive, Joel Worster, Mara Bush, Heidi Klein, Conor Workman and Kris Watson.
— image credit: Robin Bush photo

A last-minute pass-the-hat fundraiser brought in $900 for the South Whidbey High School jazz band.

Held at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts last week, it was the band’s final fundraiser of the school year. The money was needed to repair the band’s bass.

South Whidbey’s jazz band holds fundraisers to cover instrument repair, buy music and provide scholarships to students for instruments and events like the trip to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho.

“Everyone here tonight makes it possible for us to sustain an outstanding jazz program, and we thank each of you and the entire community for your support throughout the year,” said band director Chris Harshman in a news release.

A new funding program for South Whidbey High School band, called Be Instrumental in Excellence, begins this month. Supporters get benefits depending on their contribution level.

For more information or to contribute to the program, call 360-321-2874.

The next jazz band performance is March 13 at South Whidbey High School.

 

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