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High school band instruments destroyed

October 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
An award-winning El Monte high school band is suffering a devastating loss. Many of their instruments were destroyed over the weekend during a freeway accident.The Arroyo High School marching band used to store their instruments in an old trailer. On Saturday, while they were on their way to a competition in Chino, the trailer flipped over along the 60 Freeway.

On Tuesday, all 120 members of the marching band sifted through the damaged equipment. The percussion section suffered the most.

"We can't go out there, you know, as a football person without their helmet. We can't go out there without instruments. We can't go out there without the pit, without the drum line, we can't go ... It's impossible," said Samantha Frum, Arroyo Knights Marching Band.

The band is a tight knit group of kids who say they're determined to march forward.

"I'm pretty sure our band can pull together, and fight through this ... Pull through this as a family that we are," said Jason Lee, Arroyo Knights Marching Band.

Meanwhile, the local community is also rallying behind the Knights' marching band.

"We have had offers from other organizations. And one drum and bugle core in Moreno Valley has offered to let us use all of their equipment and trailer. So we may have to take them up on it," said Joseph Massaro, Director, Arroyo Knights Marching Band.

The estimated cost to replace the damaged equipment is around $40,000.


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