Hillsboro bands start year with parade and fundraisers

The Hillsboro High School and Middle School bands kicked off their year by marching in the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson Sept. 10.

The high school band received a ?I? rating from all three judges while the middle school band received a ?II+? rating.

The high school band is planning several fundraisers this fall in an effort to raise $13,000 to fund a trip to Dallas late in the spring semester. Budget cuts have made the fundraisers even more important than in past years, according to Gregg Walker, director of bands.

The band sold cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate and coffee at the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair this past week as its initial fundraiser.

The band is planning a ?Dollars for Dallas? fundraiser at the home high school football games and at the band?s marching concert, where patrons can ?buy? a band member for two hours of helpful work.

The band will be hosting a tailgate party Oct. 24, prior to the Hillsboro-Herington football game.

The band also is planning an ?HHS Band Citywide Garage Sale? for Nov. 1. Patrons are encouraged to gather used item that are in good condition for resale to raise money for Dallas. Band members will pick up the items for the sale on Oct. 25.

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