We marched with Banda Escolar de Guayanilla from Puerto Rico in 2012. We were thrilled to see them on the list of bands invited to march at the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2019. Over the 2017 winter break, we learned that their trip is now in jeopardy because of the after effects of Hurricane Maria which struck 2 weeks after they accepted the Tournament of Roses invitation.
Banda Escolar de Guayanilla (English: School Bands of Guayanilla) is a world class band that has performed in many global music venues. They are just like us in that capacity. They just need support because of this hurricane and its after effects.
We are working on creating an effective and meaningful support campaign for both of our communities. We do not yet know what this partnership will look like. We want it to be student connected, student driven, and based on what Banda Escolar de Guayanilla and the Guayanilla community actually needs.
We DO know that financial support is always necessary, for any band program operating at our level. So, if you feel moved to support Banda Escolar de Guayanilla, we know that they would appreciate a donation of funds.
Your donation is tax deductible through our Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters.
On behalf of Banda Escolar de Guayanilla, our MIHS Band student leadership, and our MISD Band community, THANK YOU!