NEW MILFORD, Pa. (WBNG) — Band students at Blue Ridge High School head down to Florida every other year to play at a performance clinic at the University of Central Florida. While the trip started off on a high note, it fell a little flat.
Blue Ridge school officials say the band had about 40 instruments on a trailer attached to the truck. But both the truck and the trailer were stolen.
“I tried to just stay as calm as I could. I had 75 people looking at me to kind of set the tone for what’s going to happen,” said band director Vincent LoRusso.
He says it happened in the middle of the trip, but before the band’s performance at UCF.
“There was disappointment because that was the reason we were there. The kids were looking forward to working with college level teachers and educators and we missed out on that opportunity. But we’ll find a way to make it up to them before the year’s over,” said LoRusso.
Two-thirds of the stolen instruments were school-owned, and the rest were either purchased or rented by students and their families.
While the band is calling the situation a road bump, they said it didn’t lower and morale.
“What I’ve been saying is we had one bad thing, it just filled up the entire bad column,” said LoRusso.
“Everyone still had a great trip so we kept going, we knew there’s nothing we could really do, we just had to keep enjoying ourselves,” said sophomore Connor Mills.
The school says a local music store is helping out the band giving out loaner instruments for the rest of the year.
A report was filed with the Orlando Police Department.
We reached out to the department who says it is investigating, and have not found the stolen car or items yet.