March-A-Thon entertains community, raises funds

The Vandegrift band gives a private concert in the Burks Lane cul-de-sac on Saturday.

The Vandegrift band and Vision Dance Company marched for more than three miles during its 9th annual March-A-Thon through the streets of Steiner Ranch on Saturday.

There were 14 concerts performed and more than half of the $40,000 fundraising goal was raised. Pledges are still coming in.

“This year’s March-A-Thon was a huge success,” said Mike Howard, VHS director of bands. “It’s a wonderful event that brings the community together and gets everyone’s Viper spirit going as we move into the new school year.”

Some 350 students, staff and approximately 75 band parents and family members worked to put on the March-A-Thon, which started and ended in John Simpson Park. The event was led by a fire truck for the first portion, and a Travis County Sheriff’s Office escort through the the entire route.

“I’m so proud of all of the students and parent volunteers for the organization and performance at this event,” Howard said.

The band also participated in Concert in the Park later on in the day. This report includes some photos from that event.