Band members go the distance to raise funds

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High tuba player Zach Balli, senior, heads out with the rest of the band from their second break at Yucca Middle School Saturday during the band’s march-a-thon fundraiser. The band marched 8 miles around the city.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

For Jesika Trujillo, getting up at 8 a.m. to play her snare drums during band is usually reserved for the weekdays.

Her Saturday morning plans usually involve sleeping in.

But in order to raise funds for the Clovis High School Band’s trip to California, the junior fought the allure of sleep Saturday and with her bandmates, marched an eight-mile route that stretched from Clovis High School to Yucca Middle School.

She said joking around with her bandmates helped wake her up while marching.

“It was kind of frustrating in the morning because you’re kind of (sleepy) and you don’t want to come to band on a Saturday right when you get up,” she said. “The last two miles is the hardest because it’s the longest cause everyone’s getting tired.”

Band members collect donations before the event. Allred said band members arrange a certain amount – usually a dollar – for every mile they walk. Some donors just give a set amount, he said. And during the event, staff members hold cans for donations.

Clovis High School Marching Band Director Bill Allred said the event helps pay for the band’s long trips, which are more than 600 miles away. He said the marching band takes long trips every two years.

This April, the band plans to participate at a competition in Los Angeles, Allred said.

Allred said he hopes to raise about $32,000 for the trip. Previous March-A-Thons have raised between $15,000 to $28,000, Allred said.

While the event was exhausting Trujillo said she enjoyed the camaraderie among her band mates.

“Just to see everyone come together (is enjoyable),” She said. “(and when) someone is getting tired and you see someone (help them),” she said.