Truckee High School Band Telethon is on! | SierraSun.com

Truckee High School Band Telethon is on!

Linda Pendleton
Special to the Sun
Truckee High School band students perform in 2012 at Crosswood Oaks Senior Care Center, Sacramento.
Courtesy Rick Pendleton |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 14th Annual Truckee High School Telethon, a fundraiser for the band program, will occur Saturday, March, 1. 3-9 p.m. live on Truckee cable channels 6 and 24 and also streaming live at http://www.ttctv.org.

Telethon is six hours of live entertainment, produced and hosted by Truckee High School band students. During the Telethon, all those who would like to support the band may call in with donations and music requests. One hundred percent of Telethon donations support the Symphonic, Jazz and Concert Band programs at Truckee High.

Music is an arts program at the high school offered each day, year round, allowing students to master one or more instruments and qualify for college awards and scholarships. The Truckee High Music Department is dedicated to making sure band opportunities are available for students of all socio-economic levels.

“Band Tour” is one of the donor-supported programs and a focus of fundraising efforts during Telethon. Students travel by bus to multiple venues in Northern California, performing for veteran’s hospitals, senior centers and children’s hospitals bringing music and joy to people who would not otherwise have this opportunity. This hands-on experience allows students to further their performance and music training, while also engaging in community service.

Band students have offered free music lessons to aspiring musicians at Truckee Elementary, played for patients at Tahoe Forest Hospital, as well as Sierra Senior Services and other community events.

Students help with school musicals including painting stage sets and offering technical assistance with sound and lighting. Band students conduct their own fundraising for many things including Band Tour, uniforms, instruments, music scholarships, music workshops and clinics, and more.

The benefits of music programs for youth are well documented. Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and lead to effective study and work habits for future success. To support this program, call 530-582-2777 during Telethon (lines are only active during Telethon), Saturday, March 1, or visit http://www.thsbands.org any time to donate by check or credit card. Donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be mailed after the event.