THS bands count on online contest
by TP staff
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Tracy High School band members hope to enlist the community’s support through an online poll to replace aging equipment, purchase music and pay for band transportation.

The marching, pep, symphonic, concert and jazz bands at Tracy High are in the running for a $50,000 grant sponsored by Clorox, with the winner determined by Internet votes. People can vote for the Bulldogs each day during the next week by visiting http://powerabrightfuture.clorox.com and searching for Tracy.

Bridget Eggers, who has three sons in various Tracy High bands, said the money would help make up for cuts that have limited resources at the arts magnet school.

“Budget cuts have affected all areas of education, but when program cuts come along, it seems the arts are the first to suffer,” she said. “Thankfully, Tracy values the arts and has helped continue these programs.”

Schools from around the country signed up for grants in three categories — play, explore and create. The nominee with the most votes in each category wins a $25,000 grant, and three judges’ picks will also receive $25,000.

The school with the most votes overall will be awarded the $50,000 grant.

Tracy High’s band effort was ranked No. 81 out of 397 schools in the “create” category as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. The leader was Rancho Buena High School in Vista, which hopes to use the money to modernize its performing arts center.

But Eggers remained hopeful the Bulldogs could rally toward the top spot in the vote by Wednesday, Dec. 19, when the contest ends.

“We are down to the wire, but I have seen the Tracy community meet other needs, and don’t doubt that we can do it again,” she said.

• Contact Jon Mendelson at 830-4231 or jmendelson@tracypress.com.

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