High school band may lose $300,000 for Hawaii trip

WILLARD, Mo. (AP) - The FBI has been called in to help a Missouri high school band that has given more than $300,000 for a trip to Hawaii to a company that has stopped communicating with the school.

The Willard High School band director Chris Church says "The harsh reality is the band trip to Hawaii may not occur this June."

The award-winning Willard High School band has performed at parades and festivals across the U.S. and abroad. The trip to Hawaii was to include at least three performances, including one aboard the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor.

Superintendent Kent Medlin said the district has contacted law enforcement.

Church said the company, Performing Hawaii Tours, has organized previous Willard band trips, but stopped returning phone calls and emails a few weeks ago. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/IgxqCJ ) reports the district recently also learned that the tour operator is involved in a family and business dispute.

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