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Band looking for votes in contest
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Forsyth County News


West Forsyth High School’s marching band is attempting to move its music.

The 120-member band, which currently relies on parents and trailer rentals to move its equipment on and off a field and to events, has entered a contest that could land $10,000 toward buying a trailer.

“One of the parents found out about it … and the parent group got together and applied,” said Patrick Gallagher, band director.

The Pepsi Refresh Project encourages anyone to “dream it” and submit ideas that could help a community.

Each month, as much as $1.1 million in grants can be awarded. A total of 15 grants are given at the $10,000 level, which is the one West seeks.

All the band needs is community support.

Winners are chosen based on online voting, which closes today. The school is currently in sixth place, though the rankings change daily.

West trails other concepts, such as teaching animal shelters how to care and place exotic pets or helping restore a North Carolina museum.

“[A trailer] would save them a lot of time and effort,” Gallagher said. “It would certainly help them when we move back and forth from the school to the stadium and also to our practice area.”

As part of their contest application, the band produced a video about its dream to own a trailer. To watch it or vote, visit