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East Buchanan band working to get new instruments


School might be out for the summer, but one eastern Iowa school district is still working hard and trying to make a difference.

The East Buchanan band program has entered an online contest, hoping to win $50,000 and replace the school's aging and worn out instruments.

"Some instruments, when I opened up the cases and they're 80 years old, which instruments that are 80 years old they just wear out after a while," said first year band director, Cory McBride.

McBride took it upon himself to enter Pepsi's Refresh Project. It's an online contest where the top ten vote getters receive $50,000.

"I feel if I had a new tuba it would bump up the performance a lot," said junior, Ben Collison."

There are more than 100 students in the East Buchanan School District who are out for band. They want to show off what they've learned, but it's difficult when the equipment isn't up to par.

"There are so many instruments we can't use right now they're so old that we could get new ones or start getting new ones and fix some other ones up," said freshman Britta Fults.

Right now East Buchanan is currently in 12th place in the contest, but these determined members know with support from the community they will be playing sweet music in no time.

"It's really motivating and inspiring for me as the teacher here to see parents and community members coming behind this are really supporting what we're working hard at," said McBride.

Here's how to vote.

You can text 106981 to Pepsi (73774) to vote from your mobile phone.

You can also vote by clicking here.


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