The band was invited because former student and athlete Michael Strahan, who now hosts Live with Kelly and Michael and contributes to Good Morning America, is being inducted this year in recognition of his 15-year career with the New York Giants.
The trip is expensive – it’s going to cost $40,000-$45,000 total. The district is contributing $15,000, and Friends of Westbury donated $5,000. Each of the 65-70 band members and dancers is kicking in $350, which will cover their transportation, hotel, food, and admission to the football museum and another site. They’re holding lots of fundraisers, but the group is still about $15,000-$17,000 short.
Band director Reginald Washington said going on this trip isn’t just about music.
“The more experiences you give them, their perspective on life changes,” Washington said.
Washington said he hopes the experience will instill the importance of education, including college, in each student.
If you’d like to donate, the booster club has set up a Fundly account. No amount is too small, sponsors say.