Goin' Band is Going - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/12/01

Goin' Band is Going

Great news for the Goin' Band from Raiderland. In a follow up to a story we first brought you Monday, the entire Goin' Band from Raiderland is now bowl bound.

Thanks to a donation of $250,000 from former band members, Mat and Karen Howard, the band can now afford to make the trip to Florida. Earlier this week we told you the band wasn't going to be able to go, because there was not enough money or time to arrange the trip.

The Athletic Department then offered to take a pep band, which would include about 80 members to play spirit songs from the stands. But now, this donation allows the entire band to go and march during the half time show.

"I got up this morning and thought, you know, this is just crazy. I wanted see something positive happen. And we met in band. Band is such a grat thing. And so we decided it was the thing to do. I believe in Santa Claus, this is the miracle to happen, so we made it happen. And that's all we needed to do," said Mat Howard who donated to the Goin' Band.

One problem is the students finished their finals and went home for the holiday's Wednesday, and now band officials are scrambling to contact them all and arrange the trip.

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