Annual Douglas High concert to be 'Skyped' to troops

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- This Sunday is Veterans Day, and the Douglas High School band has been preparing for months to put on their 7th annual concert.

Students in the band program have been busy since school started, practicing for hours every day to finely tune their music.

Caitlyn Shanahan, the band's vice president, says the music isn't just something they throw together last minute. "The grade of music that we play for Veteran's Day is actually the same grade that we play for state," she said. "It takes us months and months and months to prepare for state, and we only have two months to prepare for Veteran's Day concert, and it's even bigger than state."

Organizers say that playing for veterans is an entirely different experience from other performances. "They've risked their lives to keep our country free, and so the least we could do is put a concert that really hits hard in the heart," said the band's president, Becky Clemons. "It's really emotional, and so, I just think it's a really cool thing that we can do at least one small thing in our community to honor them."

This year, the band is doing something new. "We are actually Skyping the entire performance overseas to our troops," said Shanahan.

The concert is taking place this Sunday at 7:00 p.m., at the Jacoby Auditorium at UCC.

Admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

You can get tickets at While Away Books, Sutherlin Drug and Hanson Jewelers.