Young Davis High musicians' dreams have potential to become reality

By Jennica Semon
75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Jan. 1, 2013, may seem like light years away for most, but this is not the case for soon-to-be Davis High School freshman student, Amanda Campbell. Daughter of Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) James W. Campbell of the 367 TRSS/CEM, she was prematurely recruited to the Davis High School Band and could potentially be performing in the famous New Year's Day Tournament of the Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.; she can hardly wait to hear of her trip's fate. Sadly, although the band has been invited to this exclusive event, the funding to attend an affair of this nature is simply out of the budget of the school's district, let alone the institution.

Yet, retired Senior Master Sgt. Campbell, along with many other band member parents, has not given up hope on this rare opportunity for his daughter. "We have already begun fundraising," said Campbell, "but we still need approximately $150,000 to $170,000 to reach our goal." Any funds raised will aid in lowering each student's travel expenses and greatly contribute to replacing nearly $100,000 in damaged equipment and instruments the band is currently using.

"Music has had a positive influence on Amanda; being able to express herself in her music has helped her in all aspects of life, including the transition between military assignments. Both Amanda's mother and I are extremely proud of what all she has already accomplished musically at such a young age," her dad said. "The Tournament of the Roses Parade is a huge addition to any musician's portfolio."

In addition of the 292 students who are members of the band, funds raised will also assist those students whose families are unable to compensate their trip expenses. This year, only 11 American high schools were invited, as well as two international invitations extended. Davis High School is the only Utah high school band that has received a second invitation to perform; their first appearance was nearly a decade ago in 2003.

In addition to Amanda, Davis High School is an institution where many of Team Hill's dependents are students.

Recently retired, Senior Master Sgt. Dave Weltz's daughter is a senior at DHS as well as a third year member of the band; 414th Supply Chain Management Squadron Flight Chief, KyAnn Bradshaw Checketts is cousin to two third year band members; retired Lt. Col. Richard Baldwin's grandson is a DHS band member; retired JAG Contract Attorney Cliff Carlisle's granddaughter is a band member; and AEWS engineer, Ahab Okal's daughter is a current member of the DHS band, to name a few.

For more information on the Davis High Band please visit the website at www.davisbands.org.

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