My former alma mater and favorite class, the Tyee Band, has been invited to play at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC this upcoming January.  After spending four years in that band room, including the 2001 Earthquake, and six years total studying under the director, Lyn Nelthropp, I am well aware of what a special opportunity this is for Ms. Nelthropp and her students!

For most high schools to get an audition to the Inauguration, they have to prepare and send in an audition.  Global Connections band didn’t have to audition since they were recommended for the event by a national level band adjudicator from competitions the band has played at previously.  They are only one of four high school bands invited to play at the Inauguration without a formal audition.

This trip will be a great way for the students to expand their experiences both as musicians as well as residents of the US.  The problem is they may never make it to DC if they aren’t able to raise the $60,000 needed to attend.  Luckily, there are many ways the community can get involved and Ms. Nelthropp and her students as well as their principal, Rick Harwood, are willing to put the work in to make this once in a lifetime change happen!

You can help:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation online.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by check. Please make check payable to Highline Schools Foundation and write GCHS Band in the memo line
    and mail it to:
    Highline Schools Foundation
    15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
    Burien, WA   98166
  • Purchase a ticket to:
    A Night of Friends and Jazz
    Sunday, October 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Cedarbrook Lodge
    With Afro-Cuban jazz by Sonando
    Wine, cocktails, and farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres
    Buy Tickets

For more information on what the band would be able to do and see on their trip and for more info on fundraising check out the band’s fundraising site at