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Band students get lathered up for Universal Studios

McKenzie Morris, 9, and Brody Morris, 12, of Hancock were strumming up business for the Hancock Panthers band car wash last Saturday, helping out their sister, a band member, raise money to go to Universal Studios in Florida.
Hancock Panthers band students and volunteers had a steady stream of customers at their car wash held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. last Saturday in front of State Farm. Another car wash will be held at the same location on August 13.

by Lisa Schauer

Members of the Hancock Panthers band continued their fundraising drive last Saturday, July 16 with a car wash to raise money for a trip to Universal Studios in Florida.

The Hancock Panthers are slated to march in the morning parade at Universal Studios theme park in September. They will also at- tend a workshop on sound design with a professional director from the entertainment industry during their stay. “The kids are really excited,” said Stacy Morris, vice president of Hancock Panthers band boosters.

The band will be marching to the chart-topping song “Thriller” by Michael Jackson at Universal theme park in Orlando, and at any other parades they participate in during the school year, according to Morris.

Twenty-four band students in grades 8 through 12 will be making the journey, at a cost of $1,070 each for their five-day stay at the park.

In addition to washing cars, the students have sold sandwiches, candles and meat sticks to help fund their trip. Another car wash is planned at the same location on Saturday, August 13.

“This is a good location,” said Morris of Stroosnyder State Farm next to the Exxon. Students and volunteers had already washed 15 vehicles in about two hours that morning, according to Morris.

The band’s final fundraiser for the Florida trip will be a designer purse bingo on Sunday, August 21 at Clear Spring Activity Center.