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Community comes together to rebuild band program in Pretty Prairie

Published: Apr. 19, 2019 at 9:24 PM CDT
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The school band program in Pretty Prairie is down, but not out. With help from across the state and beyond, the middle school and high school bands will come together in a few weeks for a concert.

Choir students will perform at a concert Monday without the school bands following vandalism to the band room where four children are accused of destroying thousands of dollars worth of instruments.

While the program can't recover immediately, the support is allowing it to move forward.

"We've had a lot of schools come in and give us instruments," says Pretty Prairie High School band member Timothy Ulrich. "Especially since the concert is so soon, that's really helpful."

At least 40 schools reached out to Pretty Prairie and donated equipment, including schools across Kansas, Oklahoma and Chicago. A local paw shop is also stepping up.

Chris de Wat, manager of Hutchinson's Sunset Pawn says his shop didn't hesitate to donate instruments after hearing the news from Pretty Prairie.

"We knew they had a concert come up and we want the kids to not be able to perform in that concert," he says.

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