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November 29, 2013

For Salvation Army, young musicians try new 'instrument'

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — With the landscape looking more like late December than the day after Thanksgiving and the temperature hovering in the mid-30s, a planned appearance by members of the Cambridge Springs High School Blue Devil Marching Band didn’t go off quite as planned Friday afternoon, but this band doesn’t give up easily.

Although the musicians volunteered to present a musical alternative to the traditional ringing of the bell at the three Salvation Army kettles in Cambridge Springs, as long as the temperature is under 40 degrees, it’s just too cold to perform, according to Alice Dennis, president of the school’s band boosters. However, four band members manned the kettle Friday in front of Mercer County State Bank and others will be on duty at kettles at Kwik Fill and Dollar General from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

“For the past five or six years, the marching band has been doing fund-raising,” Dennis explained. “This year, we were able to purchase a brand-new trailer so we could transport our instruments and equipment to and from games. To thank the community for its support and to show them that we support the community, we wanted to come out and do something for Cambridge Springs.”

The first group of students on the kettle happened to be all sophomores.

“It’s nice to come into the community and help out,” trumpet player Caine Walters said. “Some people aren’t as fortunate as others, so it’s nice to lend a hand out in the community.”

Baritone sax player Bobbi Doubet agreed. “It’s a nice way to give back to the community for everything they give to us,” she said. Other bell ringers included tenor sax player Ethan Dennis and Liam Riddle, who would have been playing his trombone if the weather had cooperated.

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