BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando High School Band will perform its holiday/Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the school's performing arts center. The students will play music from Leroy Anderson, The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites like The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Admission is free.
The Band Boosters group hopes to raise money at the concert through a live auction, said the group's vice president, Tim Mossgrove. His daughters, Angela and Rosalynn, are band members. Rosalynn is in the marching band's flag corps; Angela plays the mellophone in the marching band and the double loop French horn in the concert band.
The boosters, Mossgrove said, need funds to feed band members before football games, to take students to concerts and competitions, and for supplies. He is excited about some of the auction items. They hope to have a flat-screen television and Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers tickets. They will have two Home Depot tool bags and certificates from local restaurants.
"There's going to be a huge pool of things to look at," he said.
The band has another need, too — a bigger trailer — and plans a fundraiser after the holidays.
"As our band keeps growing, it requires more equipment," said band director Joe Harrin.
Now, the band has a flatbed trailer, a small utility trailer and a larger utility trailer. When the group travels, it needs to haul instruments, backdrops and props. What the band and the boosters hope to do is acquire something that will hold everything and keep equipment safe.
"Our goal is to look at a larger trailer to be able to move all our equipment in one swift swoop," Mossgrove said.
Harrin said the Band Boosters group is invaluable to the program.
"I feel without the Band Boosters we wouldn't be anywhere near the success we've had," he said.
Those successes include superiors for two years at the Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Band Music Performance Assessment and marching at Disney World in the spring.
"The program is getting better and better each year," Harrin said. "We have a good time."
For information about the band, the Band Boosters, the concert or other fundraisers, contact Harrin at (352) 797-7015, ext. 223.