The Bahamian government has invited the Kenmore East High School Band to perform in the Caribbean island nation during spring break.
Now all the band needs is $90,000 to get there.
"On Sunday, Feb. 11, we're runing a craft show and auction," says band director John J. Hathaway. "We hope that will give us what we need to make our goal." The show runs 11 a.m to 4 p.m, and should have more than 150 exhibitors as well as more than 100 donated items for a fund-raising auction.
"We're pretty excited," said Band President Doug Anderson. A percussionist, the senior said he has already raised his $658 share of the trip through fruit sales and the like. "Every student had that opportunity, and most have done that," he said. "We'll go to Miami, then take a four-day cruise aboard a Dolphin Line ship to Hamilton, where we'll play on the main square of the capital the Saturday before Easter," Doug added.
The band spent the 1989 spring break in Florida where it played at Disneyworld, Orlando and in St. Augustine. Bahamian officials saw the Disneyworld concert and invited the Kenmore students to play there.
Some 85 members of the concert band and the school's color guard will make the trip, accompanied by 50 chaperons.
"So far we've raised $81,000 through fruit sales and other activities," Hathaway said. "This craft show should put us over the top and finance those students who haven't yet raised their share of the trip costs."