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John Julian wants to hone his craft

By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor


Who in their right mind would voluntarily be in the  hot sun for 12-14 hours a day without receiving monetary compensation?

Williston High School Senior John Julian, that's who.

Julian will march with the Racine Scouts drum and bugle corps this summer.

Last summer, he  was a member of the Tampa Bay Thunder and enjoyed it so much, he wants to make a return appearance.

However, the cost is not cheap.

 Tuition is about $1,500 and that covers instruction,  transportation, housing  and  food.  He's currently about $600 short and is looking for music lovers and former band members to step up to the plate and help him out.

The six-year trumpeter will play mellophone with the Scouts and says he does it because it makes him a better musician.

A day starts at 7 a.m., he said and ends around 10 p.m.

Practice, practice and more practice is the routine then members return to a gym, where they sleep on the floor. Once the show is learned, they travel performing it in competitions, parades and shows.

Julian is the son of Carmen Tozzo Julian.

Anyone wanting to help send the young man to camp, can mail a check or money order. It must be made payable to RACINE SCOUTS

5450 NE 160th Ave.

Williston, FL 32696


"If just 120 readers of the Pioneer were to donate $5, then I would have the rest of my tuition paid," Julian said.