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Tonasket Band Plays Disneyland With Help From Celebrity

TONASKET, Wash. – More than 60 students from the Tonasket High School marching band played at Disneyland last week after celebrity Jack Black donated cash to help the small school pay for travel costs.

The band was accepted to a musical program run by Disney after a lengthy audition.  The program allows students to march down Main Street and participate in a clinic with music professionals in California.

The school has been planning the trip since the end of last school year, according to music teacher Patti Middleton who points out many of the students had never left the state of Washington.

"Everybody loves music," Middleton said.  "I think that's why the people in the community were so excited to see this because I do believe people recognize the value of the arts."

Students were required to raise a portion of travel costs on their own.  Middleton said several local businesses also donated money.

Jack Black donated enough money to cover three-day passes into Disneyland for 68 students and 21 chaperones.  Black's family lives in the Tonasket area and his mother, Linda, is a supporter of the arts, according to Middleton.

"It was very, very generous," said Middleton.  "Just fabulous."

Caleb Knowlton is an 11th grader who said this trip inspired him to pursue a career in the film industry after graduation.

"By meeting Jack Black it was like, he's a nice guy and all people who work at Hollywood aren't big jerks," he said.  "so it was a good experience going down there (to California)."

The students traveled by bus and arrived home Sunday night.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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