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October 26, 2007

Halls of fright

TVCC band serves up Haunted House

This weekend screams of fright will be heard coming from the TVCC Fine Arts Building.

The Trinity Valley Community College Cardinal Regiment are putting on the 4th Annual Haunted House Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6:30 -10:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are $4 and student tickets are $3.

“We have been working out ideas from the haunted house since August,” said band director Will Fairbanks.

He said that the band officers have traveled as far as Ft. Worth researching different haunted houses to get ideas for their house of terror. Those who dare to enter will receive an escorted trip through the ruins of a haunted music building on a sacred burial ground where the band director went crazy and murdered all of the music students.

“We utilize the entire building,” said Fairbanks. “Each section of the band is assigned a room and they design their room around the theme.”

The sections compete with each other to see who has the scariest room. Guests will vote on their favorite, and then the band itself will vote.

“How the voting works is that we take a section at a time through the building,” he said. “That way they also get to experience the haunted house.”

The money raised during the weekend of horrors will help defray the cost of the TVCC band’s trip to Houston to march in the televised Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22.

“The haunted house has been a success over the last three years because the folks who come to it get more scare for their dollar,” said Fairbanks. “We frequently have people go through the house two, three, even four times. It also is a great opportunity for the band members to interact with each other on a more social level, and provide a fun event for the community.”

Fairbanks said that the haunted house is in conjunction with the TVCC Choir’s Fall Festival. The band would like for everyone to come and join them for some freaky fun and scary sights.

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