With just five days left, the Band Instrument Fund on the Impact Culver crowdfunding site is less than $3,000 from its $30,000 goal.
James Mechling-Smith ’17 (Argos, Ind.), a member of the Band, is working to raise the funds as part of his senior service project. The Band Instrument Fund will benefit a variety of musicians while they are attending Culver Academies or Culver Summer Schools & Camps. The Band, Summer Naval Band, Drum & Bugle Corps, and concert bands will benefit.
Mechling-Smith said he was originally inspired by (retired) Maj. Bill Browne saying the Band needed new sousaphones because the old ones were in such bad condition.
“The real idea formed over the summer when Judson Andonov ’16 (Houston, Texas) started a Go Fund Me project in order to help,” he added. “I realized this could be done and wanted to help any way I could, and fulfill Major’s wish of seeing new sousaphones in the band.”
The instrument priorities include a baritone saxophone ($4,675), drum set and hardware ($800), soprano clarinet ($1,370), bass trombone ($2,360), tenor saxophone ($3,500), soprano saxophone ($2,600), bass combo amplifier ($549), trombone $1,233), and flute ($1,025).
It means a lot to me as a Culver Bandsman,” Mechling-Smith said, “and it will mean a lot to the students who become a part of the CMA Band, Drum & Bugle Corps, or the Summer Naval Band in the years to come.”