This past month I have been working with the James E. Taylor High School band director Chris Bailey on their photography needs to help promote the JET Band. Of course I was on board!
Recently the JET Band Boosters purchased an 18 wheeler for the JET Band. This rig replaces the yearly rentals of trucks to transport band equipment to local football games as well as many of the band competitions throughout the year. What a GREAT Donation from the Boosters and an awesome addition to JET Band. I donated my photography services and the images I created were used by gfxwraps.com in the creation of the "skin" which was all donated by John Eagle Honda & Acura. I was really excited that in thanks my website was given credit for the photography! What a great honor to have this exposure. Here is the final product.
March-A-Thon - On Saturday, August 14th, the JET Band marched throughout the local community to raise awareness and give back to the community the wonderful sounds of music - the first time the band ever did this. The new 18 wheeler lead the parade followed by the Fire Trucks, local police and the Ambulance (EMTs) followed the entire band taking up the rear. What a sight it was!
The goal in this venture was three-fold:
- First and foremost, to provide entertainment for the supporters of the JET Band program.- Secondly, gain exposure from the supporters of our program. - Lastly, use this as an opportunity to raise funds for the 2010-2011 school year. The members of the band will be accepting pledges or donations (donations recommended) for total marching distance.
The final tally of donations is still in progress. I'll update that when I hear the final amount raised.
In addition, the local Constables & Fire/Ambulance all donated their time to help this event and spent 8am - 4pm on this event. I also found out yesterday that Academy Sports & Outdoors also donated the cab for the 18 wheeler AND a driver for the entire year! Many thanks go out to all of the Men & Women who spent the day with the JET Band - all wonderful volunteers! As a final treat the local Fire Department gave all the kids a good soaking! How fun is that!
Here are a few more photo's from the day! To view all the images from the parade - go to www.pichephotography.com and click on sessions - the password is: jetband