EHS band members to head to Orlando
The Eudora High Cardinal Regiment will head to Florida next month and play for old big ears also known as Mickey Mouse.
The band will travel by bus to Orlando, Fla. to perform at Disney World. Donning new uniforms purchased last year, the band will march into a concert setting and perform.
EHS band director Rob Foster said officials at Disney World responded quickly to the band's entrance application, which included a tape recording of the band.
"We sent it in on a Friday and I got a phone call the next morning saying we were accepted," Foster said. "Our main function is to go down there, represent Eudora and have a good performance.
"It's going to be musically rewarding and a lot of fun," he said.
Though the trip will take Eudora students to Disney World on a musical excursion, it will come at a cost of about $450 per student. Fifty students, 10 chaperones and two band directors will make the trip. Band members have worked to raise money to ease the cost, but there is still much to be raised. The trip is estimated at $30,000.
"At this point, we have $14,000 in our bank account," Foster said.
If the band is unable to raise the full amount, members will have to pay the remaining cost per student. Foster said the Eudora community has been very supportive of the band in its fund-raising efforts. But, there are still ways Eudora residents can help lower the cost for students.
To supplement the band account, members have held fund-raisers such as window cleaning, candy sales, the sale of Eudora football championship t-shirts and sweatshirts and a band CD.
One of the biggest fund-raisers is the selling of the Cardinal Regiment Cash Card, which offers discounts to local businesses such as Gambino's, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Eudora Auto Parts and Maria's Restaurant. It also includes savings from Wal-Mart film developing and dry cleaning.
This year's card is revamped with more discounts to Eudora and Lawrence businesses than previous cards, Foster said. The card has 25 businesses on it this year, up from last year's 15. The cards sell for $10 each.
Members of the Marching Cardinals band will be canvassing Eudora on Saturday selling the cards.
Rob Claggett, president of the band parent organization, designed the cards in his home. Foster said Claggett's work means a lot to the band.
"He's been instrumental, no pun intended, in getting this thing off the ground," Foster said.
In addition, the Marching Cardinals have the adopt-a-band-member program to raise money. Local businesses and residents needing help with odd jobs can "rent" a band member. Of all the fund-raisers, Foster said, this one is available to a range of participants.
"I think that's good because it caters to the elderly or just about anybody who needs help," he said.