Telethon to benefit Truckee High School bands | SierraSun.com

Telethon to benefit Truckee High School bands

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Courtesy Keith Kimmel The Truckee High School Jazz Band performs at their Fall Concert 2011. Support the band programs Jan. 28 during the annual fundraising telethon.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The 12th annual Truckee High telethon, a fundraiser for the band program, will occur Saturday, Jan. 28, 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 six-hour Telethon, all those who would like to support the band may call in with donations and music requests. Donations will qualify supporters to be entered in raffle drawings each hour. One hundred percent of Telethon donations support the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band or Concert Band programs at Truckee High. Music is an arts program at the high school offered daily, year round, allowing students to master one or many 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.andamp;#8220;Band Tourandamp;#8221; is one of the donor-supported programs. Students travel by bus from Sacramento to the Napa Valley performing for veteranandamp;#8217;s hospitals, senior centers and childrenandamp;#8217;s hospitals. This hands-on experience allows students to further their performance and music training, while also engaging in community service. Honor Band performances are also supported by donor contributions. At least 30 percent of Truckee High band students audition and are accepted for state and national Honor Bands. Honor Bands are a compilation of the best student musicians in a region who play together for only a few days, culminating in a spectacular performance. This year, Shasta Tresan and Katie Eikum were selected to perform with the national Carnegie Hallandamp;#8217;s Honor Band this spring in New York.Band students are appreciative of the opportunity they receive by being in band and give back to the community enthusiastically. The Marching Band plays for all football games in sunshine or snow storm. They offer free music lessons to aspiring musicians at Truckee Elementary, play for patients at Tahoe Forest Hospital, Sierra Senior Services and other community events. Students help with school musicals including painting stage sets and offering technical assistance. Band students conduct their own fundraising, which includes Telethon, to help cover the music program costs. The benefits of music programs for youth is lengthy and 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, Saturday Jan. 28 or visit http://www.thsbands.org anytime to donate by check or credit card. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations made prior to Telethon will also qualify for raffle prizes.