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CT band trying to raise money to perform in Hawaii

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After years of practice and stellar performances, the Lyme/Old Lyme High School band and chorus won the opportunity to represent the state next year in Hawaii during the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The students as well as teachers, parents and the whole community said they are stoked about this opportunity. Now the campaign is on to raise the hundreds of thousands needed to make it happen.

The 100 Lyme and Old Lyme band musicians and vocal talent in the high school chorus were rehearsing on Wednesday for a huge concert 13 months away in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Next year will be the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entry into World War II.

Organizers for the 75th anniversary tapped the musicians from the small high school to represent Connecticut during the ceremonies.  This concert will for junior Marissa Smith, whose father grew up in Hawaii.

"Of course I'm excited to be playing in Hawaii, but I think it will take a lot of hard work,” Smith said. “But, it will be a fun performance."

The students won't be alone. Teachers, chaperones, parents and community leaders from Lyme and Old Lyme said they are all planning to go. Now they have to raise about $3,000 per student to get them there. 

Music Teacher Jacob Wilson said he does not have to pick the music for the performance.  

"It's picked for us,” Wilson said. “We'll be given the music we will learn it then join the mass band and chorus event, which will culminate on Dec. 7th on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri."

Saxaphonist Alex Gourlay said the big worldwide stage they'll perform on doesn't make her nervous.

"I always get nervous when I go on stage,” Gourlay said. “But, once I start playing, I'm not that nervous anymore. I just have a good time."

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