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Dear Community Supporter:

As Director of Bands at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, I am writing on behalf of the Marching Redcoats to ask for your support for an upcoming international event.  As you may have heard, our band was selected as one of 12 U.S. college and high school marching bands to perform in the 2014 London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival!

With a nearly half million street-side audience, and over 200 million watching worldwide, the parade is the biggest event of its kind in the world, and a once-in-a-lifetime event for our students.  Moreover, our band was invited to perform, as part of the festivities, in a concert setting at Cadogan Hall – home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

This special invitation came as a result of many years of dedication and hard work by our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the band’s many noteworthy successes.  For example, our band was recently juried “Grand Champions” of a tri-state event: Battle on the Border Marching Band Competition in Valdosta, GA.  In 2012, we also scored a “Superior” rating, for the 64th consecutive year, in the Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) by the Florida Bandmasters Association – in addition to earning “Superior” ratings in the High School Concert MPA.

I am so proud of our long-standing tradition of musical excellence and our students’ accomplishments, and for the opportunity to represent abroad our community and nation in the 2014 New Year’s celebration!

To make our participation a reality, however, our 150-member band has a substantial financial need of $450,000.  We are reaching out to our community businesses, leaders, and individuals for support.  Your contribution, combined with the funds provided directly by our band families, will be used for transportation, meals, and lodging for our band students.

We are thankful for any amount donated.  Your 2012 end-of-the-year charitable contribution may qualify as a tax deduction.  Please visit our online donation page to make your donation by credit card.

If you prefer to make a donation by cash or check, complete the sponsor information form and you will receive written confirmation for your tax records.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,

Brett Pikuritz, Director of Bands, Leon High School

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