Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 8, 2014
Concert Friday night to help GHS marching band make trip

Grantsville High School’s music department is kicking off a fundraising campaign with a combined outdoor concert Friday at Grantsville City Park.

The free concert, which will be held in the high school’s gym if the weather doesn’t cooperate, brings together the concert band, jazz band and show choir to help raise funds for the marching band’s trip to the 2014 National University Holiday Bowl and corresponding Big Bay Balloon Parade in December.

GHS music director Brandon Larsen said the concert is an effort to raise the approximately $50,000 needed to take the band to San Diego.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “We get to march in the nationally televised Big Bay Balloon Parade, the whole nine yards.”

Although the concert Friday is free, band and choir members will sell concessions and firework vouchers at the event, which will include works from “Up,” “How To Train Your Dragon,” “Star Wars,” “The Dark Knight” and other popular movies, as well as songs from Journey, and other rock and pop groups.

“We’re performing all popular music — music from movies, music from the radio,” Larsen said. “Tons and tons of music people will recognize.”

On Saturday, the band will hold a yard sale — again, likely in the gym due to weather. From 7-8 a.m., community members are encouraged to donate items for the sale, which will go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Larsen said the Taco Man food truck will also be parked at the school, and 20 percent of the proceeds of the food truck’s sales during the event will be donated to the band.

Upcoming fundraisers for the band include selling chocolates and fertilizer, and manning the TNT fireworks booth for Independence Day and Pioneer Day.

“We’ve got a whole list of things we’re going to do,” Larsen said.

The band and choir also appeared on the KSL Morning Show Wednesday and on ABC4 Thursday as part of the fundraising efforts.

Fundraisers aside, Larsen said he hopes the community gathers for Friday’s concert regardless of how they feel about the upcoming trip.

“We’re really urging everybody to come. Even if you can’t donate any money, the concert is going to be outstanding,” he said. “We’ve got some fine musicians here and they deserve a big audience. They’ve prepared a lot and I think it would be beneficial to both the students and the community to come out to this concert.” 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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