Salem High Band Braves the Cold Water to Raise a Cool $420 for ALS

September 12, 2014

by Bob Gibbs

Drum roll, please… The Salem Blue Devils Winter Percussion Ensemble was singled out by Spirit of America Winter Percussion Ensemble (Cape Cod, Mass.) to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  In addition, The Salem High Marching Band and Color Guard have been called out by Marshwood High School Marching Band (directed by Salem alumni David Graichen) to take the challenge.

The students, with the endorsement of both Band President Lexi Warner and Vice President Gregg Casazza, gladly accepted both challenges and after completing their evening rehearsal they took the icy plunge.  Thanks to their efforts, the groups raised more than $420 for ALS research.

Part of the ALS undertaking is to challenge others and so the band has now called out the Salem JROTC.  The JROTC has accepted and will take the challenge at a later date.

A little surprise happened to the band at this challenge.  Prior to the rehearsal the band members had filled the buckets with the idea that the water would be relatively warm.  But, to their chilling surprise, just before the water was poured on them, the SHS Parents Music Club added the required amount of ice to each bucket.  This made the Ice Bucket challenge official.