The Bulldog Brigade may be headed for paradise, but they still need the funds to get there.
The Thomson High School Band Boosters are hosting a benefit golf tournament at Mount Vintage Plantation in North Augusta on April 25 to help solve that problem. Proceeds will go toward the band's 2006 trip to Hawaii.
The Bulldog Brigade will perform at the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 2006. The actual performance will be in representation of the USS Arizona and will take place at the Battleship Missouri, which is now docked in Pearl Harbor.
"It's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience because lots of people get to go to Hawaii, but they don't get to ... help celebrate the 65th anniversary," THS Band Director Jesse Morlan told The Mirror last year, prior to the Board of Education's approval of the trip.
Aside from playing at the anniversary celebration, the band will perform at the famous Ala Moana shopping center in Honolulu. Students will also attend clinics at the University of Hawaii. They will then swap concerts with a local high school band where learning opportunities and chances for cultural exchange are huge, Mr. Morlan said.
Students will also be able to tour Pearl Harbor, meet survivors of the attack, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay and hike to the top of Diamond Head crater.
The upcoming golf tournament to raise funds for the trip will be captain's choice, best ball format. A vacation package will be given to the team with the lowest composite score. Individual prizes will go for closest to the pin and longest drive, and a hole-in-one on one par three could win the lucky golfer a car.
Mulligan packages will be available for participating golfers. A silent auction will also take place after the tournament, as will a sandwich buffet lunch.
The entrance fee is $125 per player, and all of the proceeds go toward the trip. Those interested in participating should make their checks out to the THS Band Boosters and send them to 405 Langham Street in Thomson. For more information contact Weimar Enterprises at 866-411-0788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.