Saturday, October 24, 2020

How This Cow Could Put Oxford's High School Band On TV

It’s been a great year for the Oxford High School Band, but the band’s director says he’s ready to shoot even higher this coming year.
“The band is larger and better than it has ever been. The school record was 121, but this year we were 132, and next year we will be over 150,” Director Mel Morse said.
And it’s not just bigger, it’s also the best it’s ever been.  According to Morse, the band placed fourth in the state in the 5A marching championships — the highest placement in school history.  Plus, OHS was a sweepstakes winner for the fourth year in a row, which means every judge evaluating the band awarded superior ratings to the performances.
But the next goal requires more money at a time when the state is looking at cutting school funding for the arts.
“We are raising funds to travel to a televised parade. The amount of money will dictate how far we can travel,” Morse said.
That’s why the Band Boosters are putting on what could be one of the most unusual fundraisers of the year.
“It’s Cow Pie Bingo,” said the organization’s treasurer Mitch Wenger. “For 10 bucks you buy a square of the practice field, and if the cow lays a pie there, you win as much as $2,000.”
The fundraiser takes place this Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. on the Oxford Middle School practice field.  Wenger says the cow’s name is Elsie and assures potential players that she will be well fed before the event.
Tickets are available from any member of the OHS band and can be purchased on the field on Saturday as well. Wenger says this is a raffle that’s too good to pass up.
“Just imagine the fun you could have telling this story if you win. I can hear the lame jokes now.”