The Mariner High School Silver Magic Marching Band and the Cape Coral High School Marching Seahawks have been nominated to take part in the 2014 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., a major, nationally televised event.
The nominations, made by Congressman Trey Radel and a first for both schools, are quite an honor and we congratulate the bands and their directors.
Also commendable is the fact that instead of competing for funds to make the trip, these two schools have joined forces to raise the $70,000 to $85,000 needed to pay application fees, deposits, down payments and general transportation and food and lodging costs for a pretty large group of kids.
We believe community - residents and businesses alike - should get behind this endeavor.
We cannot state it better than did Silver Magic Marching Band Director James Samz in an interview with Breeze Associate Editor Tiffany Repecki this week: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Cape to gain some national exposure, positive exposure," he said.
We agree. And after making national news three months in a row as the top-hotspot for foreclosures - again - and coming in No. 3 this week in terms of hungry children and families, it's time to promote the many, many things that are good in our community.
More information on this Cape story may be found on page 6A of the Sept. 20, 2013 print edition of The Breeze or here online.
That includes student success stories and, if initiative is any indication, these kids are that kind of a story in the making.
With the help of Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball and Family Fun Park, band members held their first fundraiser on Sept. 7. The community-minded business sponsored a $12 wristband special and donated 50 percent of the proceeds to the bands.
They raised about $1,200 toward their first expense, the application fees. Mainly due to bad weather band members fell about $300 shy of their goal, though, so their financial need is immediate with lots also planned between now and parade day, May 27.
In the queue are some small fundraisers and a couple of big ones including a 5K run and joint performance early next year.
If you would like to help it's not too early to reach out.
For more information on the Mariner High School Silver Magic Marching Band and its upcoming performances and fundraisers, visit the band's Web site online at: www.silvermagicband.org.
For the Cape Coral High School Marching Seahawks, visit: www.capeseahawkmusic.org.
- Breeze editorial