Several Kansas University band members are trying to raise about $300,000 before Dec. 19 to fly all their members to Hawaii for the Aloha Bowl.
Lori Miller, a KU junior and band member, said about 25 members of the band have set up a fund for donations to pay costs of sending band members to Hawaii for the Aloha Bowl, in which the KU football team will play Brigham Young University on Christmas Day.
Dan Peterson, a KU junior and band member who is organizing the fund-raising effort, said today that band members have not contacted alumni about donations.
"We're just trying to get the word out right now," he said. "Hopefully, somebody will step forward and give us a lot of money."
KU is taking 37 band members to Hawaii on the football team's chartered plane for the bowl, Miller said. About 20 band members also decided to buy their own airplane tickets.
She said organizers are hoping to raise enough money to finance the trip for the rest of the 265-member band.
"A 37-PIECE band is just not adequate," she said. "We would like to have the full band there to represent KU."
KU band director Bob Foster said band members that were selected to go/ to the bowl game at the expense of KU were picked based on senority, ability and instrumentation needs.
Miller said organizers hoped to raise funds by next week, in order to have enough time to make airline reservations.
Asked about the chances of being able to raise $300,000 by next week, she said, "Realistically speaking, I don't know if we can raise that much money but I hope we can raise an amount close to it."
Peterson said organizers will send as many additional band members as possible with the amount that is raised.
"We're going to raise as much as we can and then we're going to draw names," to determine the additional members who would go, he said.
The KU football team and many supporters are traveling to Hawaii on Dec. 19 because the travel cost is higher after that date.
The KU Alumni Association also is chartering an airplane from Kansas City International Airport to Hawaii on Christmas Eve.
HOWEVER, many activities, including a parade in which the KU band would participate, are scheduled before that flight arrives, said Fred Williams, alumni association president.
As part of the fund-raising effort, a group of band members will play for donations at a few Lawrence restaurants during the KU-Indiana basketball game Saturday. The game begins at 3 p.m.
The group will play at Molly Magee's, 2429 Iowa, beginning at 2:30 p.m., organizers said. Band members later will play at the Brass Apple, 3300 W. 15th, and at Benchwarmers Sports Bar and Grill, 1601 W. 23rd.
Peterson said having the entire band present at KU's first appearance in a bowl game since 1981 was important.
"We drew the only bowl game where they can't take the whole band," he said.
Donations for band members can be sent to P.O. Box 995, Lawrence, 66044.