Bay Band Students Hope To Still Make Disney Trip

Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of their band instruments and uniforms, but the Bay High marching band is determined not to let Katrina rain on their parade.

The band, dance team and color guard won the right to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando this April. The students hope to perform before a huge crowd during a famous Disney Parade.

But with limited resources after the storm, the students were told they may not be able to make the trip. They need about $96,000 to purchase the gear and accommodations it would take for the week long trip.

Howard Rapp is a drum line captain. He and his fellow band members were all looking forward to the trip, but as a Senior, it's especially meaningful to him.

"It's our last year and it's our last time to be together to go have an experience like this. Cause after this, it's your last year in high school, it's the real world after this."

Senior Drum Major Stephanie Gieseler agrees.

"When I found out we couldn't go to Disney I cried because I was very disappointed that we couldn't go as a band."

Perhaps no one is more disappointed than Band Director Catchie Crider.

"I hate for them to lose this. Everyone has lost so much. I really hate for the seniors not to be able to go on this trip."

Hurricane Katrina flooded the entire band hall and destroyed nearly $50,000 worth of brand new band instruments. The band uniforms sustained a similar fate.

The students are hoping individuals and business owners from around the nation will step forward and donate money so they can take the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

About 62 members of the band, dance team and color guard are supposed to go to Disney. If you can help, contact Band Director Catchie Crider at (228) 493-4254.

by Al Showers