For the last two winters, I have served as an instructor with the Aurora Indoor Percussion ensemble from Aurora High School in Aurora, OH. These students put in, on average, 9 hours of rehearsal time a week, not to mention the amount of time they practice on their own. In 2014, the work paid off as the ensemble earned 3rd place at the state championships.
This year, the ensemble is made up of 24 talented students whose shared mission is 1) to create and perform music 2) while enjoying a positive social experience and 3) striving to perform at the highest level.
Our season is set to end in just a few weeks at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH on April 9 & 10. However, we have recently been made aware that our trip may be in jeopardy as the primary means of transporting our equipment to and from the event is no longer guaranteed. As a result, we have kicked off a GoFundMe campaign to raise $800 in order to rent a vehicle large enough to haul our equipment.
I take great pride in giving back to music programs and educating young musicians and it bothers me greatly to think that a transportation issue – be it for people or equipment – could dictate when a season ends. These students have worked too hard to be cut short this close to the opportunity of performing at WGI World Championships for the first time in the ensemble’s history. The students will remember this experience forever, but not without your help.