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Johnson band partners with h-e-b to collect food

By: Deborah Leach

Instead of a trailer stuffed with marching band instruments and equipment, the Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Band helped to “Stuff the Trailer” with food for the San Antonio Food Bank on Sunday, Mar. 24.

The Jaguar Band teamed up with the H-E-B Plus Store at Highway 281 and Evans Road to gather food donations to help area families in need. Last summer, the band held a food drive among student members and collected approximately 800 pounds of food – about a pick-up truck full. This time, the organization reached out to the entire community to fill its band trailer with food donations, and collected $735 in cash and 3,533 pounds of food for the Food Bank.

“This is a great service project for our band to donate to the less fortunate as we approach
the upcoming Easter holidays,” said Jarrett Lipman, Director of Bands at Johnson High School. Lipman explained that the band has received a great deal of support from the community since the school opened five years ago. Last summer, one of the organization’s student leaders, Lauren Chaloupka, approached him and asked to help coordinate events which would allow the band to give back to the community.

Eric Cooper, President/CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank said, “It is always great to have
the support of our community, but it is particularly refreshing to have youth join our efforts to contribute to the 58,000 individuals we feed each week.” Band members were on hand throughout the day accepting cash and food donations.

The Jaguar Band is currently preparing to perform at Fiesta’s Battle of the Bands on April
25 at Comalander Stadium, where it will be one of three featured bands at the event. Next January, the band will march in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Johnson band fills up the truck at H-E-B. The giant H-E-B truck being filled with donated food could be seen from across the highway.

Posted on Mar. 26, 2013