LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Wednesday, Lubbock ISD announced that members from all four high schools will march in the 2012 Rose Parade. The students will represent the entire state of Texas in Pasadena, CA next January before the Rose Bowl.
"We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for our students to represent our school district and our community on this national and international stage," LISD Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza said.
"In order to march as the all Lubbock marching band, each student will receive a custom designed uniform based on the colors and flag of the state of Texas. Since the uniform jacket will be purchased through fundraising opportunities, each student will keep his/her jacket as a memento of the trip," LISD Director of Fine Arts Will Burks said."
The trip will be paid for with community donations. When Irene Rieck heard about the trip, she felt she had to help. Rieck is a retired school teacher from Brownfield ISD. She also played the snare drum in Brownfield's marching band during WWII. She says she never had been to places like Seminole or Slaton until she joined the band.
"This is an opportunity that is just once in a lifetime for them; I just had to be a part of it. That's all there is to it," Rieck said.
LISD estimates it will cost around $1,000 a piece for each student to perform in the parade. The students will be taking part in several community service projects this year, leading up to their trip. If you would like to donate (Click Here). You can also contact LISD's Fine Arts Department for additional donor information. That number is (806) 766-1089.
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