Isla Bonita All Stars gearing up for Band Fest 2013
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The children of San Pedro are expressing their musical talent in The Isla Bonita All Stars Marching Band. Over 60 participating members are gearing up to compete in the Governor General Sir Colville Young’s Band Fest that will take place on March 23, 2013 at Belmopan. The band is comprised of students from Isla Bonita Elementary, San Pedro R.C. School, Holy Cross Anglican School, St. Peter’s Elementary and San Pedro High School. Teaching the children is John Thompson, who has been doing his utmost best to have the band ready to go for Band Fest.
Since early November of 2012, a committee of local volunteers and supportive parents has been holding fundraisers in hopes to raise enough funds to cover travel expenses for the band. As any competitive group, uniforms are essential to distinguish the group and to give them an identity. Not only does the Isla Bonita All Stars Marching Band require uniforms for all the members, but travel and accommodation expenses for the trip to Belmopan need to be covered. The band committee has estimated that the total cost amounts to a little over $26,000. The committee has held many successful fundraisers such as raffles, a radiothon and a couple of $1 drives. Generous donors including Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Minister Manuel Heredia Jr. have brought the Isla Bonita All Stars Marching Band closer to Band Fest.
Eve Dirnback, an active committee member, along with Ana Najarro, President of the Committee, has organized a huge fundraiser on Sunday February, 17th. A most delicious pig roast will be held at Wayo’s beach bar from 12 noon to 5 pm to raise some money to . The band committee is asking the generous public of San Pedro to come out, bring the family, and support the Isla Bonita All Star Marching Band. Persons are reminded that this is a very worthy cause, as the children involved are developing talents that will lead them to a bright future. Being in the band, which is a permanent group, will help boost the children’s self-confidence and help them express their many hidden skills while keeping them out of trouble. The band also serves to promote La Isla Bonita in events countrywide.
The band committee would like to ask the very generous community for their support in the upcoming fundraiser. Donations, however small or big, will go a long way in helping the children meet their goal and attend Band Fest. To make a donation or for inquiries on tickets for the pig roast, interested persons can contact Eve Dirnback at phone number 623-9962 or Ana at phone number 650-9003. The San Pedro Sun wishes the Isla Bonita All Stars Band the best of luck – they have already made San Pedro proud. Let’s make Belize proud!