High school band holds fundraiser for 24 hours straight

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) It’s the chance of a lifetime for some Lexington students. This fall, the Dunbar High School Band will get to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It will make the school's second trip to the parade; the first time was in 2007.

But before this year's band can go to New York City, the students have to raise money first.

They hope a marathon fundraiser will help them get to the big apple.

WKYT’s Jordan Vilines has the story:

Friday’s sunny skies and warm weather set the stage for the perfect spring day but for many students at Dunbar High School, their definition of a perfect day sounds a little different.

“It is Memorial Day weekend but when I announced what we were going to do this they immediately said they were going to be here,” said Jeff Hood, the band director at Dunbar High School.

The students even planned on staying at school long after the sun set.

“We stay at the school for 24 hours and play music which is what we love to do,” said Daeun Kim, a member of the band.

Each of the nearly 200 band members took part in a 24 hour long “PlayAThon,” organized to help raise money so that the students can attend a once in a lifetime event.

Out of hundreds of applications, Dunbar’s band was one of the handfuls of high school bands picked to participate in this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But such a big honor also comes with a big price tag.

“It costs about $1200 a person and we're looking to take about 175-190 people.”

“This is part of what we're doing called the ‘March to Macy’s’ and it’s series of fundraisers we're doing to raise money so we can lower our cost,” said Madison Hood, a band member.

The band director expects that the 24 hour “PlayAThon” will raise around $30,000 for the trip.

The students also say they certainly don't mind spending part of their weekend working toward their goal while doing what they love.

“The best part is putting all of those efforts of 192 people together and making it into one thing that comes into something that we're going to remember forever.”

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