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Weaverville, NC – The Blackhawk Marching Band of North Buncombe High School is currently raising funds to participate in an exciting and educational opportunity – the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade on December 7, 2014, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Blackhawk Marching Band is the first band to represent North Carolina and the U.S.S. North Carolina in this annual remembrance event. This is the first time that all state-named, World War II-era battleships will be recognized in this parade.
In order to move nearly 100 students and uniforms, dozens of drums and large instruments, dozens of smaller instruments and color guard flags the 6,000 miles from Weaverville, NC, to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, costs are estimated to be $368,000. The band has always had the encouragement of the Weaverville community, but accomplishing this goal will require support from businesses and individuals from across the state.
The Band Boosters are in the process of recruiting corporate sponsorships state-wide. Students are participating in product fundraisers, and fundraising events are being planned for the spring including a Field of Honor that will take place around Memorial Day 2014 in the Weaverville area. For more information on the Field of Honor concept, visit http://www.healingfield.org/field-of-honor-display. Monetary donations are being accepted through the web site http://www.firstgiving.com/nbpearlharbor. Students are also fundraising through individual pages on the First Giving web site.
The Blackhawk Marching Band has a long tradition of excellence in music education which includes a Grand Champion Award (highest scoring band of the day) at the Freedom Classic Marching Competition in Morganton, NC, in October of this year, as well as numerous other section awards throughout the fall marching season.
This Saturday, December 7, on the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Blackhawk Marching Band can be seen in Weaverville’s Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. on Main Street in Weaverville. The band’s annual Holiday Concert will be December 18 at 7 p.m. at North Buncombe High School.