The Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS) Symphonic Band and High School Choir are fundraising to attend the Vancouver Heritage Festival that will take place May 21-24, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Their first of multiple fundraisers for the year will be a chili tailgate and will take place during the CMHS Tigers vs. Rainier football game on Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 p.m. until the middle of the first quarter.
For $6, game goers will get a bowl of chili, toppings, homemade corn bread, water and chips. This fundraiser is one of the Symphonic Band’s fundraisers and has been organized by band students.
According to Jaime Erwin, music director for the Clatskanie School District, there are 18 Symphonic Band members, 20 High School choir members and 40 chaperones attending the festival, and the total cost for all participants is $20,000. The band and choir plan to have two fundraisers per month, one for each group, and organized by the students. The biggest upcoming fundraiser is the Performing Arts Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Clatskanie Cultural Center, and will be catered by Fultano’s Pizza in Clatskanie.
Two years ago, the CMHS Symphonic Band went to Seattle for a Heritage Festival. This is the first year both groups are going.
Students who attend the festival will perform, receive constructive feedback from three adjudicators, have an on-stage clinic with a renowned adjudicator following each performance, take part in a private awards ceremony, and also be able to take part in many different tourist activities throughout the four-day festival, according to information provided by the Vancouver Heritage Festival.