Kansas high school band helps with vandalized music room


PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. (KSNW) – “Some people it’s just like their escape from life, and it lets them relax,” Haven high schooler Caleb Fredrickson said. “And some of them, it’s their life.”

Caleb said music is his passion, which is why he was saddened to hear Pretty Prairie’s music room got vandalized over the weekend.

“We would have felt destroyed if that happened in Haven,” he said. “That hurts because that’s a lot of money, time, effort and passion.”

So, he and his bandmates decided to start a fundraiser on Facebook.

“Our goal is $3,000, and we’re about $2,700,” he said.

Pretty Prairie music teacher Evan Koch said the cost of damage and insurance coverage is still unknown.

“I’ve had to replace all of the drum heads, and we need to replace a couple of barratones,” he said.

But, he’s thankful for all of the support.

“We just want to say thank you,” Koch said. “I’ve spent the first hour and half when I got into school just answering emails from all around the state, and even other states, saying hey we have some instruments you could borrow if you need it or how can we help.”

USD 311 Superintendent Randy Hendrickson said the damage isn’t as bad as it looks, but the next few days will consists of waiting for the insurance adjuster and cleaning up the remains.

“We’ve sorted through it,” Hendrickson said. “It will cost quite a bit of money but it won’t be $100,000.”

Caleb said it’s a sad incident, but an opportunity to show musicians don’t always compete, but instead help each other out in harmony.

“I just really hope we can get this to them, so they can get their band room rebuilt,” he said.

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