Mountain Crest hosting pianist Jon Schmidt, raising funds for DC trip

Last summer, Governor Gary Herbert chose Mt. Crest High School marching band to represent Utah in this year’s 4th of July Parade in Washington D.C. Since then, members of the band have been raising money and recording artist Jon Schmidt will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. at the high school as part of the last fundraising event the band will have.The goal is to raise $5,000 to $7,000, band mom Cindy Duvall said, with the money going into one big pot to help all the members of the band. Each student is responsible for paying $1,300 and she said this will be the last major fundraising event they hold before the band leaves July 1.”The more fundraising we can do the better to lessen the burden on the families,” she said.Band director Jason Petrovich said the 120 band members agreed last year when they found out about the parade to pay the $1,300 each and believes most of them have reached that number. He said this fundraiser will also help with transportation of the instruments and fuel costs that the band is responsible for.Duvall said students have been doing their own fundraising projects throughout the year and are trying to earn the last little bit they need. “We are getting down to the wire; I think there are a lot of kids out there mowing lawns,” she said. It’s not just this trip the band will need money for, Petrovich said, and students will be coming back from D.C. with other expenses on the horizon with an upcoming marching band season. “We are going to run into issues next year too,” he said. “We don’t just go to D.C., there are other things we do.”Tickets for the concert are $12 per person or $45 for a group of four. Tickets can be purchased at Macey’s or at the door.

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