Posted on 06/20/2018

Cruise In for Music Saturday

Lindsay Owens Times Herald

MONTGOMERY — Saturday, the Montgomery Ruritan Annex will be filled with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles for the Cruise In for Music, benefitting Barr-Reeve band students.

"This is our third year for the Cruise In," said Stephanie O'Brian, Barr-Reeve band director. "Each year, we get more alumni involved and we've had more entries."

Last year, 125 cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display. This year, they are hoping for more.

"We will be giving trophies to the top 40 cars and trucks 1998 and older, top 10 trophies to vehicles 1999 and newer as well as special awards," said O'Brian adding registration, which is $15, will be open from 9 a.m. until noon with judging ending at 2 p.m. "Awards will also be given to the top three bikes and best bike."

Dash plaques, O'Brian said, will be awarded to the first 100 cars or trucks registered as well as the first 10 bikes.

Awards will also be given for best of show, club participation, most custom, most unique rat rod and the ladies' choice and young builders awards.

"The school pays for part of what we do and our band boosters pay for the other part," said O'Brian noting the school handles instrument repairs and purchasing some music while the boosters take care of contest fees, scholarships and awards.

Currently, students are trying to raise money to help offset the cost of a trip to Disney World they plant to take over spring break.

"The kids will perform at Disney and then will do a clinic at Windermere Prep, a partner with Julliard in New York," said O'Brian adding former Vincennes Lincoln band director Jason King now serves as director of fine arts at the Florida school. "They'll also get to see the Blue Man Group percussion."

Students start raising money for the Disney trip when they are in the fifth grade O'Brian said but the boosters are hoping Saturday's Cruise In will help lower the cost for students a little more.

"Right now, it's about $890 per student," said O'Brian who said currently about 40 students and 15 adults will be making the trip that happens every four years. "When I first started taking kids on this trip, it was $7,000 for the bus. Now, it's about $20,000 for the bus and we have about the same amount of people going."

That $890 figure includes most meals, lodging and tickets for special activities students will take part in.

Students also make trips to Chicago.

In addition to the vehicles on display, live entertainment will take place throughout the day and the band boosters will be selling pulled pork sandwiches and nachos.

"We're hoping we get the cost down a little more for the students after Saturday," said O'Brian, adding in the event of rain, the Cruise In will be held at Barr-Reeve High School.

The Cruise In for Music was started in 2016 by former Barr-Reeve band members Matthew Birt and Johnny Blackmon.

If you go

What: Cruise in for Music Car Show

When: Saturday, Registration 9 a.m. to noon. Judging ends at 2 p.m. with awards at 3 p.m.

Where: Montgomery Ruritan Annex, Montgomery

Who: All cars, trucks and motorcycles are encouraged to participate. Registration is $15 per vehicle. Event is free for spectators.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Barr-Reeve band program to purchase music, uniforms, instruments and more. Live entertainment throughout the day and concessions available for purchase.

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