Southwest band brings bluegrass, barbecue

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Band hopes for great turnout at first fundraiser in 2 years

The Southwest band dinner and auction is a familiar annual event to help fund much needed equipment and materials for the extracurricular activity, but due to COVID-19, the regularly scheduled event has been postponed too many times.

Glenda Dalton, Southwest band director, said the money raised from this annual event and others like it is very much needed.

“We need things from new instruments to new uniforms, and everything in between,” she said. “Classes like this, and extracurricular activities like this, help build a student’s confidence. It helps them show their talents and abilities.”

Southwest band is a frequent winner of many local competitions and performances.

“In order to continue to succeed in the future in these competitions and performances, we need proper equipment,” Dalton said. “The funding for this equipment comes from our fundraising events.”

The Flyin’ Buzzards, alongside the Southwest band, will be performing entertainment for the barbecue.

“The Flyin’ Buzzards have performed for our barbecue and auction fundraisers many times in the past,” she said. “They are a great bluegrass band and comedians.”

The Flyin’ Buzzards make the event fun, while showing the students there is a future in music.

“Kerry Thompson is a grandfather to one of the students, and he will be sponsoring the barbecue,” Dalton said. “He is volunteering his time to smoke all the meat right here in the parking lot.”

The barbecue and entertainment start at 5 p.m., and the live auction follows at 6 p.m., all on May 1.

“We are still looking for donations for the live auction,” she said. “We can also accept baked goods if they are wrapped.”

This is an outdoor event hosted in the Southwest High School parking lot, so people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for comfort. The live auction will be held indoors.

The event is free to attend, but dinner plates will be sold at $10 per adult, or $5 per child 6 years and younger.

People may call the band offices at 417-826-5441 to donate to the live auction, and follow the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/swband.colorguard for more information.

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