BROOMFIELD – When Sean Taber heard the news that his band was invited to play in the prestigious Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, he knew it was a big deal. But, he did not expect it would be so difficult to raise the money to go.
"I definitely knew we were gonna fundraise," Taber, sophomore sousaphone player, said. "I just didn't realize exactly how much I was gonna be involved."
The announcement was made in September 2013 that the Legacy High School Band won the honor of playing in one of the biggest parades in the world in January of 2015.
"There's one band chosen a year in the entire Western United States," Clay Stansberry, Director of Bands, said.
The day after the announcement, Stansberry began the planning stages of how to raise nearly $400,000 to get all of his 200 band members to go. They have 15 months to generate about $1,900 per student.
"It's not a lot of time, no, to get the money that's required of each kid," Stansberry said.
Taber and other band members launched into a whirlwind of different fundraisers. The band even purchased a brand new Jeep Cherokee to give away in a raffle which they hope will generate around $100,000.
"We've sold chocolate bars. We're doing the car raffle. We sold batteries. We're selling peaches," Sydney White, sophomore clarinet player, said.
Stansberry says the band needs the public's help. They have only five weeks left to sell raffle tickets at $25 each or five for $100.
"We're doing okay, but we need to do a lot better," Stansberry said. "It takes everyone around us in the community to really help out."
Taber is hoping they can reach their goal so everyone can experience playing at the Rose Parade.
"Some families in band are having a little trouble, but that's what we're trying to fund raise for," Taber said.
If you want to find out more about the Jeep Raffle, you can logon to www.legacybands.org. Students also people to tweet out @WinaJeep1.
"Try and sell raffle tickets," White said. "Just, get the word out."
While Legacy High School students want to leave a legacy behind, they don't want to leave behind fellow band members.
"It would be extremely sad, because they would be missing out on this huge trip," Taber said.