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Las Plumas-Oroville Alliance Band performance at Carnegie Hall canceled

Sadly, the latest on the Las Plumas-Oroville Alliance Band slated to perform at Carnegie Hall in April has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 8:13 AM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 10:42 AM

UPDATE: 10:24 p.m. Monday, March 16 - Coronavirus-related cancellations are hitting close to home. Action News Now has been following the Las Plumas-Oroville Alliance Band journey to Carnegie Hall in New York from the start. 

Sadly, the latest on the Las Plumas-Oroville Alliance Band slated to perform at Carnegie Hall in April has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Donations can be made at:
LPO Band Boosters
P.O. Box 1455
Oroville, CA 95965
Tax ID: 68-0029625

For months, the band worked hard to raise the necessary funds but learned late Friday the trip had been called off. Community donations exceeded their original goal, they raised over $264,000.

The Las Plumas-Oroville Alliance band announced on Facebook, "We will be working with World Strides in the coming days to determine our options going forward. They are opening the door to allow us to perform anywhere during the 2020/2021 school year!

Please be patient with us as we work through this process. We will be working out a plan for reimbursement that will take us a few weeks to resolve with World Strides."

The band added, they still plan to move forward in providing the preview concert scheduled for April 3 at the Historic Oroville State Theater.

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UPDATE: 10:56 p.m. Monday, March 9 - Community support comes through, and the Las Plumas-Oroville Alliance Band will get to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Band supporters announced Saturday night that community donations exceeded their original goal, and they have raised more than $264,000 to pay for the trip.

The band will travel to New York to perform in April. As a thank you to the community, they will perform a free preview concert on the evening of April 3 at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Oroville.

View a video of the announcement in the video player below:

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UPDATE: 12:46 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Members of the Las Plumas Oroville Band Alliance have been given an extension to meet their fundraising goal that they must meet in order to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Their total fundraising amount is $210,000 and now the group only needs to raise $2,255! If you would like to donate, click the link at the bottom of this article. 

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UPDATE: 10:48 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Traditionally when you ask someone how to get to Carnegie Hall the answer is to practice over and over.

For members of the Las Plumas Oroville Band Alliance, the answer includes fundraising. Action News Now learned in January about these teen musicians invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, in New York in the spring of 2020.

The catch, the musicians must reach their total fundraising amount of $210,000 by Sunday, Feb. 23.

The band director said the group is now just $11,500 shy of that amount! To support the band and the effort to get to the stage of Carnegie Hall, Walker says donations can also be made the LPO Band Boosters. Scroll to the bottom of this article for the address.

You can also help out by attending their final fundraising event on Feb. 22 at the Chico Theatre company's production of the Music Man. 

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OROVILLE, Calif. – Members of a local high school band are in the final weeks of practice and fundraising, as they set their sights on performing at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.

For young members of the Las Plumas/Oroville Alliance Band, the focus now is practice and then even more practice.
They are preparing to take the stage for what many consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

18-year-old Oceanna Warnock plays the trombone. She says when she first heard about the trip, she was excited and almost in disbelief.

17-year-old Jaiden Garten plays the trumpet. She says she has always wanted to visit New York City.

The band is slated to perform Saturday, April 11, 2020. The invite to take the stage came last fall after the band won a competition in Seattle in 2018. From that moment, the push was on to raise the necessary $210,000 to make the trip.

This is clarinet player Thomas Houle’s first year in high school, so the upcoming trip is even more exciting for him. The 14-year-old says he is up for the challenge.

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough spent some time with the band and the director in these final weeks before the big performance.

Director Michael Walker says the young musicians are fine-tuning three musical scores they will perform, during a 25-minute set on-stage; two orchestral pieces and a military-style piece. He says afterward, band members will have the opportunity to have their work and performances reviewed and critiqued by a team of musical pros from Carnegie Hall.

The fundraising deadline is fast approaching; February 23, 2020. The band still needs $18,000 to reach its goal. And now the band director is making another appeal to the community to help the students reach that goal.

Walker says the band needs the public’s help in order to make sure the students are able to get to New York and perform at Carnegie Hall and provide an experience that the entire community can be a part of.

Walker says the public now has another artistic avenue to help support the band. A lifelong musician and performer himself, Walker is taking to the stage with the Chico Theatre Company, as the for the upcoming production of The Music Man.

He says the theatre has agreed to partner with the band; allowing members to fundraise during the performances. The Music Man opens Friday, January 24, 2020, and runs through February 16, 2020.

To support the band and the effort to get to the stage of Carnegie Hall, Walker says donations can also be made the LPO Band Boosters.
Donations can be made at:
LPO Band Boosters
P.O. Box 1455
Oroville, CA 95965
Tax ID: 68-0029625

For more information on the Chico Theatre Company’s production of The Music Man, click here.

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