ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) - Ten years ago, there were 170 students in the Aloha High School marching band, but this year there are only 38. Fighting for its survival, students and band supporters went door-to-door trying to raise money to keep the band on the field.
Band mom Deena Stevens said the marching band almost had to dissolve this year.
District cuts is one reason there are so few marching band members. The students have had five band teachers in five years. Layoffs mean teachers get shuffled, and there have also been cuts to middle school music programs that funnel kids into the high school bands.
More than half the students are from financially challenged families. Instruments and lessons can be expensive, so the students tried their hand at fundraising.
Their door-to-door efforts netted $4,000. But the Aloha marching band needs about $19,000 for the year. If anyone would like to help, contact Aloha High School.
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