Letter: Community comes through again for Panther band

Thanks once again to the generous folks who came through with flying colors to support our Rappahannock County High School Panther Band program on May 22. I’m not surprised. It happens time and time again.

The entertainment was amazing throughout the full, wonderful evening that ended with a Jazz Band performance under the direction of Dave DeBoer.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our performers: Ryan Benyo, Donald Chandler, Dr. Bob Chappell, Anders Drew, Robert Glasker, Gold Top County Ramblers (Adam and Jesse Rogers, Forrest and Jon Marquisee, Chris Moyles), Wes Gray, Brenda Jefferies, Dan Lewis, Jeff Light, Ben Mason, Gus and Paul Norris, One Way Ticket from Canada, Johnny Pierce, Steve Pratt, Rhappsody (Ellie Clark, David Draper, John Feeney, Geoff Gowen, Gary Grossman, Larry Jensen, Cynthia Johnson, Marcia Kirkpatrick, Donna La Pre, Berni Olsen, Evelyn Oyster, Carolyn Smith), Id (Corey Garnett, Jon Hale, James Orange, Bill, Heidi and Joe Rechin), Angel Ritter, Bob, Caroline and Rose Shaffer, Larry Sherertz, Bob Treanor, Vision (Michael Caporuscio, Dylan Dwyer, Brian Fertig), and Debbie Zinn.

Many students gave stellar performances throughout the evening including Taylor Light and Morgan Cloud, in addition to the RCHS Jazz Band. The stage crew made up of band students, kept the entertainment flowing all night.

Businesses and individuals donated a variety of items to the cause: B & B Service Center (Tom Bourne), Burgers ‘n Things (Stefanie Shaw), The Country Café (David Huff), Curves in Warrenton, Giant Food in Warrenton, Gold’s Gym in Warrenton, The Hair Gallery (Kim Nelson), Jim Harris GMC, Harris Teeter in Warrenton, The Rappahannock Co-op (Michael Cannon), Yellow Brick Road Home Maintenance (Ron Makela).

Special thanks go to Mrs. Helen Dixon for her very generous donation of a horse to the band program. It is being raffled thanks to advice and oversight from attorney Doug Baumgardner, Dr. Steven White and The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League.

Special thanks to Central Coffee Roasters (Kenny and Maggie Rogers) for donating large quantities of coffee for the event, and The Corner Store (Andy and Dana Thompson) for its donation of ground beef for the rotini sauce.

Student wait staff, with very little training, worked hard to please our diners with very few mishaps and lots of accolades. Numerous parent volunteers decorated, provided desserts and other food items (as well as door prizes), worked in the kitchen, and cleaned up well into the night. Several volunteers whose band kids have graduated continue to help with the event. Sally Havstad continues to amaze us all. Thanks to every one of you.

It is incredibly expensive to run a successful band program, and ours is outstanding. If you would like to support music in our schools with a monetary donation, please send it to RCBB, c/o RCHS, 12576 Lee Highway, Washington, VA 22747. Thanks for your continued support.

Theresa Caporuscio
Jan Makela
Event Co-Chairs

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