The Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade is cooking up a new fundraiser to help them get to Hawaii.
The band is currently collecting recipes for the yet-to-be-named cookbook which they plan to publish in early February. Band Director Jesse Morlan said he's already received a few recipes from several renowned musicians including Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous and Walt Disney's very own Mark Zauss.
To submit a recipe, e-mail it - along with your name - to Mr. Morlan at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a copy of the recipe off at Thomson High School.
Mr. Morlan said the band has not set a deadline for submitting recipes. Mr. Morlan said the price for the 200-page cookbook has yet to be set.
"The community has always been great to me and the Bulldog Brigade, so I hope they will come through for us once again," said Mr. Morlan.
The sales from the cookbook will help defer the cost of the band's December trip to Hawaii to help commemorate the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The band will spend a week in Hawaii, with their trip culminating with a performance during the commemoration ceremony on the deck of the USS Missouri.
The brigade makes one big trip a year, commonly to a bowl game and even Walt Disney World, but none have ever been this big. Now, Mr. Morlan is aiming his sights a little higher.
"We've been planning this trip since May 2004 and are really excited," he said. "We are hoping to make this an every three to four year event."
Senior drum major Amy Wiemer and Junior Olivia Jones said they are excited about the trip and can't wait to go.
The 160 participants from the Bulldog Brigade have participated in several fundraisers, including selling soft drinks, Vidalia onions, and fudge to help with the payment of the trip.
"I'm really glad that our kids are having such a wonderful chance to do something good with their talents and spread the Thomson spirit overseas," said Thomson High Principal Rudy Falana.