Busy Band Buzz: The Final Countdown

As the arrival day for our new marching band uniforms approaches, we are making our final push to raise the remaining funds needed to pay for them.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community by making our fundraising successful, we have raised approximately $42,000. This has been accomplished through various give-back nights, mattress fundraiser, SnapRaise, Hometown Days, football concessions, and generous donations from the great people of the New Prairie community.

The school is very generously paying for half of the new uniforms, approximately $58,000, leaving approximately $16,000 for the New Prairie Band Boosters to raise.

Our last two major fundraising events to meet this obligation will be this spring. The first will be our third annual Trivia Night held at Monroe’s Crossing on April 13. Doors will open at 5:30 Central Time.

Please join us for a fun night of trivia, games, and yet another awesome silent auction. We already have some excellent items donated including many unique items and NP band memorabilia. Tickets are $100 per table, or $10 per person. If you would like to reserve a table for your trivia team, or donate an auction item, please contact Patrick Teykl at pteykl@npusc.k12.us or Shannon Kelley at sksews4u@gmail.com or 574-220-3299.

On May 11, we will host our second annual Jazz In The Park at Memorial Park in New Carlisle. So, come for a fun night of trivia in April, and bring the entire family out for an afternoon of music in May.

Just as we are in our final days of fundraising for the new uniforms, the old auditorium is also in its final days. Both the bands and choirs have performed their last concerts in this space. The final event in the auditorium will be the spring play March 22, 23, and 24.

After this, demolition will begin to transform this space into the new music department. This will include new, larger band and choir rooms, practice rooms, and uniform and instrument storage. Our growing music programs are very excited about gaining this much needed new space.

Our spring band concert and senior awards will be held at the La Porte Civic Auditorium on May 8.

Band News

Fifteen solos and three ensembles which participated at district solo and ensemble contest at Kankakee Middle School on January 26 received group 1 gold ratings. These events participated at the state level on February 23 at North Central High School in Indianapolis resulting in eleven gold and seven silver ratings.

The New Prairie Indoor Percussion group began their competition season that same day at Greenfield Central High School.

This group continued their season on March 2 at Noblesville Invitational placing third, and March 9 placing second at Zionsville High School for the IPA State Prelims. Their season concluded on March 16 with a second place finish at the IPA Finals at Avon High School. Congratulations to this group on another successful season.

The New Prairie Jazz Band participated in ISSMA Jazz contest on March 1 at La Porte High School, receiving a gold rating at the group one level.

Thank you to all of these students for working so hard to proudly represent our school and community throughout the state! These students couldn’t be successful without the support of their parents, families, teachers, and community. Thank you to the entire New Prairie community for supporting our children and the arts!

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