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High school band members raising money for tour

Christine Stanley

Photos by Ari Steffen/ Sierra Sun The Tahoe Truckee High School band practices Wednesday. Band members are planning a telethon to raise money for an upcoming tour.

There are a few experiences in high school that have a lasting value far greater than the academic -experiences that broaden the mind and expand a teen’s lookout. The annual Tahoe Truckee High School band tour is one of them, and it’s right around the corner. This year, as they have for more than a decade, nearly 60 Truckee High band members will clamber onto a bus for a four-day whirlwind event that takes music out of the classroom and into the lives of the elderly, the ill, and the nearly forgotten. “It’s eye-opening,” said senior Karlee Tucker. “You can tell that it’s an inspiration for them.”

The tour, which will run Feb. 10 through Feb. 13, will take students to more than a dozen locations between Sacramento and the Napa Valley, including veterans’ homes, rehabilitation centers, Shriners Hospital, and the children’s ward at the UC Davis Medical Center.”I cry a lot in those four days; it’s very emotional,” said parent Marlys Zusy. “The students get to interact with the patients and the veterans, and I think it’s a great lesson for all the kids.”To raise money for the event, band members will be holding their annual student-produced, live telethon on Jan. 28. And this year, there are some new additions to the schedule. Sixteen student-written and produced commercials will add some humor to the six-hour event, with spoofs on MasterCard, Red Bull, Holiday Inn, and others, touting the band’s tour. And returning to this year’s telethon will be the student reality show “Biggest Band Geek II.”

“It’s a big process, but very rewarding,” said Tucker, who spent hours writing and directing the commercials. She will also be one of this year’s telethon hosts. To cover travel and accommodation expenses, and to support college scholarships, the band needs to raise at least $8,000. Last year the telethon brought in $7,000 and students paid for nearly all meals out-of-pocket.”I think it is important for young people to discover what we as a nation do with our elderly and veterans – they are shut away and it is a tragedy that we rarely see and address,” said band director Dave Green. “And maybe as [the students] go out into the world they might feel like doing something about it.”

Check it OutTahoe Truckee High School Band TelethonJan. 28, 3 to 9 p.m.582-2777