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Variety concert raises $8,739 for senior band students

Students need to raise $70,000 to help get them to MusicFest Canada Nationals for the first time since 1999

Close to $9,000 was raised last week to help send senior band students from Fort St. John to a prestigious, invitation-only national competition in Niagara Falls this spring.

Students are rehearsing for MusicFest Canada Nationals, the first time the high school band has been invited out since 1999, says music teacher Sabrina Brooks.

“Students are currently practicing hard with the goal of bringing home a GOLD,” says Brooks.

A total of $70,000 needs to be raised for the students; and $8,739.20 was contributed by their supporters during a variety concert held Feb. 23 at Ma Murray school.

That included a $1000 corporate donation from Cougar Landscaping and Construction, which Brooks says is now challenging all other snow removal companies to meet or beat.

“Ma Murray was packed on Feb. 23 - don't think you could have fit any more in that school parking lot if you tried - once again, FSJ showed it ROCKS!” said Brooks.

“All of the children who attended the event said the FUNdraiser was the ‘Best party EVER!’. The band is humbled and deeply grateful for all of the moral and financial support the town has shown them.”

That national competition, now in its 51st year, runs from May 15 to 20, 2023. Earlier this month, $6,786 was raised for students at a dance fundraiser held at the Lido.

To learn more and pitch in support, contact Brooks at

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