Reno's McQueen High School marching band has announced plans for a book fair next week to help raise money for its second trip in six years to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
Band members will host the Holiday Book Fair on December 11 at Barnes and Noble in Reno. The daylong event will include gift wrapping by the band's color guard and a live performance by the jazz band.
School officials estimate it will cost more than $160,000 to make the trip to the Rose Bowl and perform in the nationally-televised parade on New Year's Day. The band also marched in the parade in 2009.
Band members have taken on a "leave no band member behind" philosophy. With a deficit of about $36,000 to get every band member to the parade, band students have fundraised the last two months.
"The entire community is rallying behind the band with donations coming from companies and
individuals that have heard about our need to raise more funds. All the kids are excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity," said Band Director Rick Moffit.
Gift wrapping at Amazon, cookie drive sales, a Rose Parade neighborhood support campaign and auction sales have all helped in raising funds. And with donations from former band members and band families donating to other band families to help pay fees, they say they are more than halfway to our goal.
To help with expenses, the school recently received a $10,000 grant from the E.L. Cord Foundation, but it still needs more.
The band will also perform a Rose Parade preview concert on Monday, December 9th at 7pm in the McQueen Gym and will accept donations and raise funds through a silent auction.
This year marks the event's 125th anniversary.
(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)