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Jason Olson, Deseret News
Members of the TImpview High School marching band practice during a rainy day of band camp at the school in Provo Wednesday.

PROVO — Learning is what being a student is all about.

Unfortunately, Timpview High School band students have learned that playing a musical instrument that is held together with duct tape isn't much fun.

The band is having a mega-concert fundraiser to replace its instruments — most of which are 20 years old.

The students won't be performing for the fundraiser with their old and broken instruments.

"These instruments are in bad shape," said parent Rob Dahl, who is helping organize the fundraiser. His son is on the drum line.

Instead, the band has scheduled four big-name musicians to perform at 7 p.m. each Saturday in June in the auditorium of Timpview High, 3570 N. 650 East, Provo.

"We've got great artists lined up," said band president Stephanie Swift, 17, a senior at Timpview High.

The performers are Jim Brickman, Kalai, Jericho Road, and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband.

Replacing all the instruments would cost $250,000. If all four concerts sell out, the students will have approximately $70,000. Provo School District is contributing $25,000, according to Timpview band officials.

"I feel we must give the kids the tools to help them be successful," Dahl said.

Swift recalls when the band was performing in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., in April. Minutes before the event began, one of the French horns literally fell apart. Band officials scrambled to find a replacement, and the students luckily made it successfully through the event.

She added many of the instruments are bent and simply don't have the sound quality they should.

Timpview High band director David Fullmer points out, "If you're building a house, and you use inferior equipment and tools, it makes it difficult to do the job right.

"The students deserve to have the correct tools to create quality music," he said.

Despite funding setbacks, the band has maintained a record of excellence, winning several division titles and caption awards in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada and California. The band was invited to perform in Hawaii for the 60th commemoration of Pearl Harbor in 2001 and in London, Normandy and Paris for the 60th commemoration of D-Day in 2004.

The students can't wait for their fundraiser.

Pianist Jim Brickman is slated to perform June 7. "He is known nationally, and lots of people really like him," Swift said.

Kalai is scheduled for June 14. He is a fun, laid-back bluegrass musician who especially appeals to young adults, Swift said. "His songs have a good message," she said.

Jericho Road is set to play on June 21. It is a popular group, Swift said. "I like them a lot, and I have one of their CDs," she said. "I know a lot of people enjoy their style — their harmonies."

Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband is planned for June 28. The band is a fun group, Swift said. "They are really good instrumentalists and appeal to a wide range of audiences," she said. "My favorite song of theirs is 'Dream Big."'

Tickets for any or all of the concerts can be purchased at http://www.timpviewband

.com.

The Web site also will facilitate donations from the community. Tickets for Jim Brickman and Hillary Weeks on June 7 are $25 each. Tickets for all other shows, including Kalai and Libbie Linton on June 14, Jericho Road with One Voice Children's Choir on June 21, and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband with Good Morning Maxfield on June 28, are $15 each. Tickets for all four concerts also may be purchased at a discounted price of $60.


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