EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A box truck containing more than $ 200,000 of group equipment belonging to the Las Cruces High School Showcase group was stolen in Albuquerque ahead of the group’s competition on Saturday
“As soon as we heard the news, everything froze and our hearts collapsed,” said Lorraine Leachman, chair of fundraising for the LCHS Showcase Band. “These kids worked tirelessly, devoting themselves to their passion for music and for each other; to imagine all this effort, stolen from children, was utterly heartbreaking.
Group members and parents learned the news as they boarded a bus in Las Cruces, bound for Albuquerque for the competition.
A parent, Heather Doolittle, says her daughter is the Color Guard captain and the Color Guard flags were inside the truck that was stolen.
“She was really disappointed that these flags that they had been training with were not available. They found others and they used replacements during the show, but they weren’t the ones they trained with, ”Doolittle said.
These substitutions came from the New Mexico State University Marching Band, making sure the students had everything they needed to perform. In addition, the University of New Mexico Marching Band and other high schools have offered assistance to high school students in Las Cruces.
“The performance must continue… the outpouring of support has been incredibly touching. I am so proud of how the students encouraged each other despite the challenge presented this morning and a wonderful show!
Ty Frederick, LCHS Group Director
Despite the challenges, parents told KTSM 9 News that the Las Cruces High School Showcase group placed fourth in the competition and are heading to the final.
The Las Cruces High School Showcase group board says group members are fundraising for their equipment. The band is asking the community for help to replace the stolen material.