Marching Chieftains bound for Liberty Bowl
The Marching Chieftains will head south next winter.
The Tonganoxie High School band will travel to the Liberty Bowl, which is played on Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn. The annual game, which began in 1959, attracts up to 60,000 football fans.
"The kids are up for it," said Charles VanMiddlesworth, THS band director. "They're really excited about it. They've been asking me a lot, 'Where are we going, where are we going, where can we go.' We've been presented with an awesome opportunity."
Students must raise money to help finance the trip.
And again this year, The Mirror will help with that effort. Since 2000, The Mirror has donated a portion of subscriptions sold to band members.
This year, The Mirror and the Lawrence Journal-World will donate money to students for each subscription or renewal the students sell.
The fund-raiser begins Feb. 21 and will run through March 12.
The Mirror will donate to students $5 from each annual subscription that students sell. A 52-week subscription to The Mirror costs $30 in Leavenworth, Jefferson, Douglas, Wyandotte and Johnson counties; $45 a year elsewhere in Kansas; and $50 a year outside of the state of Kansas.
The Journal-World has agreed to donate $10 for each 14-month subscription, which costs customers $34.50.
The offer applies to both new subscriptions and renewals.
VanMiddlesworth said he's pleased that the newspapers again have offered to help.
"We tend to raise $1,000 to $1,500 in this fund-raiser," he said. "I hope we can raise $2,000 with it. It's the perfect opportunity for our kids to get out there to sell our music program."