Pahrump Valley marching band heading to Hawaii, thanks community

The Pahrump Valley High School Golden Legion Marching Band are preparing for its journey to Hawaii later this year as the group has reached its funding goal with the help of local businesses, individuals and others. The band is still seeking funds for incidental expenses that may arise during the trip.

In a letter addressed to the Pahrump community, the Pahrump Valley High School principal, and high school music teacher, Michael Wineski, thanked all of those who have supported the effort over the past several months.

The band will travel to Hawaii for a special performance to remember the Pearl Harbor attack. The assemblage was invited to perform for the 77th anniversary of the event to perform at the annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade.

Because of the donations, students will now have “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform” at the event, the letter stated.

“The students and I are overjoyed with the support of the high school administration, teachers, community, clubs, lodges, businesses, and Board of County Commissioners that have made generous donations,” the letter stated. “We couldn’t have done this without all of you! Thank you! The money raised helped to pay for airfare, hotel, bus, tour guide, museums, attractions and some meals.”

The letter added that the band is still trying to raise funds for “meals, other incidentals and any unexpected fees and/or expenses that arise while on the trip that aren’t covered in the initial tour package. So please, we still need your ongoing support, and every little bit does help the students who are less fortunate whose parents may not be able to afford to pay for their meals.”

Donations can be sent to Pahrump Valley High School at 501 E. Calvada Blvd., Pahrump, NV 89048. Address the letter to the music department.

Hand-delivered donations can also be brought to the high school’s office as well.

“The trip will be from December 5th through December 9th,” Wineski stated in an Aug. 29, 2018 report in the Pahrump Valley Times. “It was a great honor just to be nominated for this event. The principal here and veterans within our community nominated us to the program. They go through a committee and the committee then notified me.”

Nye County commissioners, sitting as the governing board of the town of Pahrump, voted to give $30,000 for the effort earlier this year.

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com

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