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8/14/2013 8:00:00 AM
Acker on the Plaza fundraiser benefits Chino Valley High School musicians
Kathi Sabot / ReviewChino Valley High School Marching Band learns the basics at band camp July 22 through 26 in preparation for its fall pep band music.
Kathi Sabot / Review

Chino Valley High School Marching Band learns the basics at band camp July 22 through 26 in preparation for its fall pep band music.
By Kathi Sabot
Chino Valley Review

The Acker Musical Trust will dedicate its 2013 summer event Saturday to the Chino Valley High School music department.

The Acker on the Plaza Festival will feature 21 bands on four stages around the Prescott courthouse, and the proceeds from the sale of water and chocolates will be donated to the Chino Valley High music department.

The music will fill the air from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Cherry Creek, Arizona Old Time Fiddlers, Lady T and The Tramps, Highway 89 Blues Band, and more will keep toes tapping.

The Chino Valley High School band will perform at 1 p.m. on the center stage. Donations and purchases will help pay for the band's travel to California, where they have been invited to play in the 2014 National Festival of the States in Los Angeles.

Purchases and donations will help fund travel for the band's trip to California in March.

"The cost of the trip will be approximately $452 per child, or $18,000 for the band," said Thomas Wiegert, band director. "After the Festival we will perform in either Disneyland or California Adventure."

The band plans to bring 40 students and four chaperones. Last year they had to turn down an invitation to perform at the Alamo Bowl because they couldn't afford the trip. Members are working hard to raise money for the 2014 event.

"The band recently did a car wash in the Taco Bell parking lot, raising near $400. We will soon begin a large candy sale, and are in the planning stages of a pizza sale," Wiegert said. "People can also donate to the band by using either escrip at any Safeway store, or by using Fry's Community Rewards with your VIP card. Businesses who donate $100 or more will be added to our sponsors banner, which will march and travel with the band at parades and off-campus concerts."

Wiegert brings international flare to the school. He taught for 20 years outside the U.S., in Mexico, Korea, Kuwait, and Honduras.

"It was time to come home, and Chino Valley offered me a job," he said.

That was five years ago, when the band had only eight students. It is now jamming with 40 musicians.

"The band had their first ever Band Camp July 22 - 26, where students learned and reviewed the basics of marching band and began work on our fall pep band music," Weigert said.

Help Chino Valley students blaze a trail to California by supporting their fundraiser at Acker on the Plaza, at 1 p.m. Aug. 17, at the Prescott courthouse plaza. Be sure to pack chairs, blankets and donations.

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