$10K in equipment stolen from youth marching band before championships

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SAN DIEGO -- Just days before their international championships, a world-class marching band had more than $10,000 worth of equipment stolen.

The Gold Drum and Bugle Corps is an all-star band made up of the best high school and college musicians in Southern California. They plan to leave next week on a 14-state tour culminating at the Drum Corps International Competition in Indiana.

The team practices daily throughout Southern California with a large trailer following close behind. Monday night it was parked at Morley Field.

They cut the lock, opened the door and the horns were right up there and grabbed them right off the truck,” said Gary Backlund, staff coordinator.

For high school student Rayna Richardson, her trumpet is an extension of her being.

“My horn is my baby to me. Not sure what I’m going to do, but it’s take what you can get,” she said.

What they can get for now has been incredible community support. In just two days, local high schools including El Cajon’s Valhalla have been offering up spares until they can raise enough money to replace them.

“This is their life, this is their passion and taking their instrument away is taking their passion away,” said Jake Marsh, band leader.

The trumpets are registered, so if these thieves try to sell them at a pawn shop, police can track them down.

The team has also set up a fundraising page.


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