The best bang for your dollar may have been served on St. Patrick’s Day in Maxwell, last Sunday. For a mere $13, patrons received corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, homemade rolls and cookies to benefit the Maxwell Jr and Sr High Band.
“This is our 10th year organizing our St. Patrick’s Day dinner,” said music teacher, Vicki Wilson.
Wilson has taught music for 22 year with 19 of those years served within the Maxwell Unified School District.
“We sold around 180 dinners this year and always have a great turnout,” she said.
Money raised from the dinners directly benefits band members from eighth through 12th grade.
“This is our main fundraiser for the year. This dinner will help send our band students to Music in the Parks Festival, in Santa Cruz, May 3-5,” said Wilson
Maxwell band also is in charge of Music on Main Street, which will be held in Maxwell on May 8. Other activities include the Maxwell Christmas Program, Colusa County Musical Festival, Memorial Day Services at Maxwell Cemetery, and the Maxwell Rodeo.
Many Maxwell band members start their interest in music and instruments in the fifth grade at Maxwell Elementary.
“I have been a band member for six years now,” said Christian Cano. “Now that I am in high school, having band during zero period is really convenient. I started on the trumpet and still play the same instrument.”
This year, Maxwell Elementary saw an expansion in enrollment, particularly at the fifth grade level.
“We have two fifth grades classes this year for the first time. The district added instruments to our program due to our expanding student body,” said Wilson. “Thank you to all who supported our fundraiser, we sold out! I appreciated all the support the community gives to me and our students.” ■