District 123 band raises 8K for tornado victims


PAGE-8-4-col-123-bandThe District 123 band performs and makes money for students in Washington, Il. Submitted photo.  

The District 123 band raised $8,051.06 for music students affected by the November tornados in Washington, Il.
  The destruction left many families with very little, including their music students’ instruments and music supplies.
  “As a band teacher, I can’t imagine how difficult that must be, on top of everything else the families are dealing with,” expressed Mrs. Beth Lyons, former Washington summer band teacher and current band director.
  Lyons was joined by a variety of local performing arts booster clubs in raising money during their winter performances.
  “I feel really excited…because 100% of our money is going to the band boosters in Washington, Illinois and given directly to those students who need assistance,” she said.
  “Words cannot express how incredible our community has been in support of reaching out to our long-distance music families in Washington, IL. I am more proud than I could ever describe.”
  Contributors who helped make the effort a success were D123 bands, the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School Choruses and Village Singers, the D123 Education Foundation, George Quinlan, Jr., the Oak Lawn Community High School Band, the H. L. Richards Band the St. Laurence Band, St. Rita Band, SXU Bands and Orchestra, the Marist Band the Brother Rice Band, the Mother McAuley Band and Raiders Social Athletic Club.
— Submitted by District 123