Book sale to help band travel to So Cal

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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True crime, history and children’s books could help pay the way to Southern California for some local band students. The Twelve Bridges Middle School first-period band is trying to raise $25,000 by May and will hold a book sale fundraiser March 31 and April 1, said Tracie Cervetti. Cervetti, who is heading up the fundraiser, has a daughter in the band. Although the fundraiser is nearly two months from now, the band is currently accepting book donations to sell, according to Cervetti. Romance, fiction, nonfiction, children and teens, classics, comics, craft and hobby, cookbooks, true crime, health and fitness, history, horror and home and garden books are being accepted, Cervetti said. The donation of magazines and textbooks is discouraged, Cervetti said, and books must be family-friendly. Books will be accepted no later than March 24 for sorting and organizing purposes, Cervetti said. The Southern California trip costs $500 per student, according to band instructor Nathan Brown, and 45 band members are slated to go on the trip. The fundraiser is being held to cover the entire cost for the students to travel there and any extra money raised will go toward repairing and purchasing new instruments, Brown said. “The only things they will have to pay for are meals and souvenirs,” Brown said. The reason for the trip is that the band will perform during the Heritage Festival at Fullerton Junior College on May 12, Brown said. This will be the band’s fourth year at the festival, according to Brown, and it will receive ranking and classifications “based on our performance ability.” “It gives them a chance to perform in a venue where they get different people in front of them, outside of their home crowd,” Brown said. “They get a recording, and after they are done performing, one of the judges will come up and work with the band. The band gets to play under someone else’s baton for a few minutes.” Twelve chaperones will also accompany the students. The trip, which is May 9 through 13, “will not be all work and no play,” according to Cervetti. “As a bonus, because they have done so much good work, we will take them to Disneyland and California Adventure,” Cervetti said. “They are going to visit a beach, either Newport or Huntington, and go to The Block at Orange for shopping and movies.” To receive money from the fundraiser, Cervetti said, band members are required to work the fundraiser. “The more fundraising, the less the parents and families will have to come up with,” Cervetti said. The trip will be beneficial to the students, according to Cervetti. “The more activities they partake in together, the tighter-knit family they are,” Cervetti said. “That helps the band instructor and helps the kids. They perform better if they are closer.” The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@goldcountrymedia. com.