by Kim Powell
ALPINE - One band, one goal, 75 students and chaperones who need money to get to the performance of a lifetime.
The Alpine Bucks Band is one of a few high school bands around the nation who have been chosen to perform at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York and the only band from Texas. However, there's one problem--it will cost $1,500 per person.
"That's one of the things; we have an amazing community that is really, really supportive but we don't have big industry. We don't have the oil that some of the other communities have so our community is limited in what they can do," Chuck Wilson, Director of Bands, said.
So the Bucks are hard at work, practicing rain or shine and planning fundraisers because this is one dream that they all share.
"85% of our band mates have never even been on an airplane, let alone left the state of Texas," Wilson said.
Needless to say, no one could believe the news.
"I gotta be honest with you, I never even knew this was on the radar," Wilson said.
"To say that we were really excited would actually be an understatement. I mean, this is an opportunity of a lifetime," one senior said.
"When he first told us, I didn't believe him. I thought he was joking, but then he told us and I was like, 'wow.' I've always heard about these performances but I never thought they were real," an 8th grader said.
"It's a really big thing for such a small town to be invited to go to Carnegie Hall," one freshmen said.
"Whenever we go places, we get invitations to go to more places," another freshmen, said. "Yeah, that could bring in more opportunities for the band."
The two-day Young Concert Series isn't until March, but they have already planned a 5K run for October, and a website,
, to raise money.
It just goes to show, nothing can stop a small town band with big dreams.