State Representative helping band’s efforts to go to inauguration

Indiana State Representative Milo Smith has announced what he is calling “an all-out blitz” to try to raise enough money to send the Columbus North High School Marching Band to the inaugural parade in Washington D.C.

Smith says that he has been able to obtain $20,000 in pledges so far. Bill Stultz, the school’s band director, has estimated that it will take $125,000 to cover the expenses for the trip, which would include 200 band members and staff. The band would be part of a contingent of Columbus and Bartholomew County residents going to mark the ascension of Columbus-native, Mike Pence, to the office of Vice-President of the United States. If enough money is raised, Stultz says the band will be performing during inauguration festivities.

Rep. Smith is asking anyone who wishes to support this effort to email their pledge to before Friday. Smith adds that no money will be collected until the $125,000 pledge goal is reached.