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May 3, 2014

Letter: Salem band needs city's help

To the editor:

I would like to publicly thank the more than 200 individuals and businesses that have contributed to the Salem High School band’s new uniforms fundraising campaign so far. While I cannot list them all individually due to space, please know that we are very grateful for your generosity and support of this great group of kids! It takes a village to field a marching band and in order to have the uniforms this fall, we need to raise another $25,000 over the next few months. Each uniform is $350 and we need 150 to fit them all. Thankfully, we only do this every 15 years or so. Our current uniforms will be starting their 18th season if we need to use them again this fall.

We need Salem to come through for these kids. If you have not made a donation yet, or if you have, 2014 is a new tax year — please send in a donation now. Donations have ranged from $5 to $2,000, and every dollar helps. While their non-band peers are enjoying a day off from school, the marching band is in the auditorium, proudly serving the Salem veterans on Nov. 11. While folks are having cookouts or going on their annual canoe or camping trip, the marching band can be found on North Street, heading to Greenlawn Cemetery to support Salem in the Memorial Day parade and ceremony, having served Somerville in their Memorial Day parade just the day before. They rise early on Thanksgiving Day to support their Salem Witches football team and the following Sunday are helping Beverly by performing in their annual holiday parade. As an ambassador for our great city, they proudly lead off the Haunted Happenings parade every first Thursday in October and do countless other performances throughout Massachusetts and beyond.

These students make sacrifices their non-band peers do not. Don’t get me wrong — they are rewarded in ways most non-musicians cannot fathom. Playing in a band is an incredible experience on so many levels, but these kids deserve our support, they deserve to look as professional as they sound and they deserve to have new uniforms. Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far, both individuals and businesses. Dig deep, Salem! We cannot do this without you. The “Pride of the North Shore” needs you.

Checks may be made payable to SHS Music and sent to 77 Willson St., Salem, MA 01970. Donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes.

Cynthia Napierkowski

Director of bands

Salem

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