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February 12, 2014

Band director raises nearly $50,000

$50K still needed for Salem High uniforms, instruments


Napierkowski initiated the fundraiser in June, when she sent 1,000 letters soliciting donations to local businesses and former members of the high school’s band. She also approached, a popular fundraising website but was denied a page because the company said there was “no final product in band uniforms,” she said.

Since then, people have donated amounts ranging from $5 to $2,000, she said.

“Every little $5 helps,” she said. “The kids are really deserving, and the band is a source of pride for the school.”

The marching band won the New England Scholastic Band Association award after competing against more than 30 bands in Lawrence last fall. Napierkowski, who has led the band since 1987, said the band first entered that competition in 1991 and hasn’t been awarded anything less than a gold medal every year since 1998.

Also, the 87-member concert band will be playing at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March, the second time the band has appeared there since 2009. They were selected to do so after sending in an audition tape.

“Last year’s group sent the tape in,” Napierkowski said. “This year’s group gets to reap the benefits.”

Anyone interested in donating can make a check out to “SHS MUSIC” and send it to Cynthia Napierkowski at Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem, MA 01970.

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