Band camp wasn't the same old one-and-two-and-three routine in Widefield on Thursday.

The Pride of Mesa Ridge High School Marching Band received a check for more than $7,000 from members Trapdoor Social, an alternative Los Angeles-based band.

The band did an online fundraiser, offering prizes such as signed posters, a signed copy of an album and a private performance by the band.

Trapdoor Social also threw a benefit concert in April at the school, to help support the underfunded band program.

The two groups met last summer, when Trapdoor Social performed in Colorado Springs. It was the first day of band camp at Mesa Ridge High, in Widefield School District 3, and Trapdoor Social's lead singer, Skylar Funk, was impressed with what he heard.

He also was inspired. Funk recorded the Pride on a song he had written, "Fine On My Own." 

The "epic and innovative display of orchestration and music integration," as Trapdoor Social describes the song, was released in April and has become a hit single.

Trapdoor Social returned to the school Thursday to not only present a check but also perform with the marching band once again. The music was powered by the band's solar concert trailer.

The extra money will help the program bring in other instructors and pay for travel to out-of-state competitions, maybe even a college bowl game, according to band director Phil Oliva.


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