Probably one of my biggest college regrets (aside from getting married and divorced in the middle of it all) is not playing in the marching band at the University of Utah. As a transfer student working close to full time I just didn't have the time and given the other crazyness (ie, marriage and divorce) happening in my life at that time, I didn't prioritize it. But both of my brothers played in the Ute marching band and had really great experiences of which I will always be a little bit jealous. Besides, once a band nerd, always a band nerd and my time as a high school band nerd and Southern Utah Unversity band nerd has given me a life long soft spot for all the band kids.
Which is why I was so excited to hear that the marching band from my very own alma mater has been invited to play at the presidential inaugeration in Washington DC on January 20th. This is an an amazing opportunity for these kids and - like most band and music programs - they need some financial support to accept the invitation. I made a donation but I've decided to try something new I saw on another blog: For every unique comment I receive between now and Sunday night (1/11) at 10 pm EST, I will donate an additional $5. The only rules are (1) only one comment per person is eligible for a donation; (2) in order to be eligible, the comment cannot be anonymous - just leave your name in the comment if you are not a registered blogger; and (3) I reserve the right to cut off my matching if I end up with some crazy high number of comments which I cannot afford. Since I've never done anything like this I am not going to set a maximum, I just reserve the right to cap it if you exceed my budget by shocking me with hundreds of comments.
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