Churchill High School band students in San Antonio are facing a financial burden after their instruments were damaged by water during a recent performance in Waco. The rain caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, but the community is now coming together to support these students and ensure that their music can continue.
Junior Colin Triggs described the unfortunate series of events that unfolded during their performance. He emphasized the band’s commitment to performing regardless of the weather, saying, “Rain or shine, Churchill band will always perform. We play our hearts out at the beginning, and it starts coming down right at the halfway point of the show.”
Amanda Stevenson, the band director, shared the extent of the damage, stating, “We have, in total, about $28,000 worth of damage to our instruments and equipment.” She and her team spent hours inspecting the equipment and are still in the process of drying it out. This incident comes at a crucial time for the band, with a game and a competition scheduled for later in the week.
To address the immediate need for instruments, Stevenson reached out to the community through social media, seeking potential instrument loans. The response has been overwhelming, with enough instruments donated to ensure that the band can continue playing. Stevenson expressed her gratitude, remarking, “People have wanted to ship their instruments as far from Plano. It is a blessing. That’s how great the music community is in the State of Texas.”
However, the cost of repairs is significant. In order to alleviate the financial burden, a fundraiser has been launched to cover the expenses. Those who wish to contribute can do so by clicking here. Despite the challenges they are facing, Triggs remains optimistic and thankful for the support they have received, stating, “We will be fine. I am really thankful for the people that donated.”
The Churchill High School band’s story serves as a reminder of the power of community and the resilience of young musicians. As they continue to overcome obstacles, they are determined to keep the music playing and inspire others with their talent and dedication.