Prince Rupert Middle School Students Prep for National Music Festival


Students from Prince Rupert Middle School are getting ready to jet across the country to take part in a music festival in Toronto in a few months.

A concert and jazz band are getting ready both performance wise and financially.

School District 52 Band Director Kirsty Tillman says they've been looking at this festivial for a while.

"We did a performance at a regional music festival in Terrace last year. We were then invited to the National Music Festival in Toronto which takes place in May. After talking with the parents we decided we will pursue this trip."

The trip to Toronto tallies up to about $1,700 a student and Hailey Helgason says the band has been doing numerous fundraisers since the fall to help out with expenses.

"We've been doing bottle drives, helping out with the Craft Fair, plant sales, and bake sales."

Monica Santurbano says they've been practicing all hours to prep for both the national festival and the regional festival in Terrace next month.

"We started practicing after our Christmas concert. We practice a lot. It really fun though."

Helgason says rehearsals, happen before, during and after school.

Tilman says it's been exciting for to see the kids eagerly wait for the trip.

"Many haven't been on a plane before, or like me, haven't been to Toronto before. We signed up for a lot of workshops during the festival, but we are also going to visit the CN Tower and Niagara Falls."

Parents are holding a dance this weekend, which takes place at the Moose Lodge -- with tickets still available.

A raffle for an art piece is also taking place for the next two weeks.

To take part in the raffle, you can contact Loonie Wishart by texting 250-600-6110.