SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Forty may be the new 20, but not when you're a musical instrument, which is why the Spotswood High School Band Parents Association has started a GoFundMe Percussion Fundraiser.
Spotswood High School first opened its doors in 1976 and percussionists are still using the original timpani, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes and orchestra bells from the decade that gave us Foxy Brown and "Starsky and Hutch." Repairs have been made over the years to keep the percussion instruments playable. However, many of them have reached a point where that isn't a viable option any longer.
The Spotswood High School Band Parents Association has set the bar on the GoFundMe campaign at $5,000. People interested in helping the band on their fundraising endeavor to purchase new percussion equipment, can visit the GoFundMe page to contribute any monetary amount.
An additional fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, when the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble will perform a special Salute to Sinatra at 2 p.m. at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. All the proceeds from the performance will go toward replacing the aging percussion equipment.
Several members of the Spotswood High School Wind Ensemble will be playing in the finale of the Jan. 23 show alongside the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble.