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La Crosse Symphony Orchestra drumming up support for new school instruments

Percussion project fundraising

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra has borrowed its percussion instruments from Onalaska High School over the past several years.

But recently, members of the orchestra noticed the 20- to 30-year-old equipment was starting to show its age.

To help, they started the Percussion Project in hopes of raising a total of $60,000 for all-new equipment for the school, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Youth Symphony Orchestra to share.

"It's a big endeavor, but I think the board is very excited about it, and of course us as band directors are excited, and most importantly, I think the students and the professionals that get to use the equipment will really benefit from that quality and that purchase," said Onalaska band director Robert Coe.

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra will be taking donations for the Percussion Project during their concert Saturday night.

Any donations made during the concert will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center.


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