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The Band Marches On


I’ve posted before about the tragic October accident involving the American Fork band which was returning from a competition in Idaho in a caravan of buses. On October 10th, one of the buses rolled and woodwinds instructor Heather Christensen was killed after she was partially ejected.

The band won the completion in Pocatello just before the accident and despite their mourning, and perhaps encouraged by the spirit of their lost teacher, the band has been on a roll. On October 13th, the band won the Rocky Mountain Regional competition held in Provo. Last Friday, the band won the state championship and then took first place the Bands of American Western Regional Championship in St. George on Saturday.

Now the band has its sights set on the national championship in Indianapolis next week. The catch is that it will cost approximately $250,000 to get the the 225 band members to the competition. School district officials and band parents were scheduled to meet today to decide whether to attempt to raise the travel expenses. Let’s hope they decide to go for it and if they do, I’ll post on what their plans are and how you can help.


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  1. Sara Fulkerson says:
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    As per their website, afbands.org, all donations should to be sent to the Alpine Foundation c/o American Fork High School Marching Band (575 N. 100 E. American Fork, UT 84003) or you can contact Wendy Jones at (801) 400-7482.

    It doesn’t look good right now and the band promises to return all funds if they are unable to reach the $250,000 to get to Grand Nationals. I’m sure the students will remain positive, they are such a great group of kids. I’d really like to see them go – especially since many of them (including all four drum majors) are seniors this year.

  2. Bret Hanna says:
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    Thank you for this information. The media I saw did not indicate how to support the band in this endeavor but this makes it very clear. Let’s hope the support starts to roll in.