For the past several months, the Tonasket Music Boosters, band students, and their friends and family have been fundraising for a big trip to Disneyland. The marching band auditioned, and was accepted to march through Disneyland, as a part of Disney's performing arts program. The students also had a 90 minute workshop with music professionals at Disneyland, where they learned a new song, and recorded a DVD of that performance. Actor Jack Black, having family ties to the Tonasket area, made a sizable donation that helped us reach our fundraising goal and send the group of about 70 students and 20 chaperones on our way! Apparently, this news made its way to some celebrity news and blog sites! You can read about it here, and here and here. The students were also able to meet Jack, and get photos and autographs, and the group had dinner with Jack and his family at Big Thunder Ranch inside of Disneyland.
I was able to travel along as a chaperone, and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience for the students (and grown ups!). Many had never been to Disneyland before, let alone get to march through it as a band, and meet a famous person! Here is a blog link detailing the fun, and at times crazy events of the trip! A few mechanical "issues" along the way, but a completely awesome experience! Thank you Jack Black, and all of the many others who supported our fundraising efforts! Photos will be posted to our Facebook soon!