William Weise

Fundraising challenge ahead

William Weise, a sophomore at Barron High School, has been invited to tour Europe in summer 2020 along with 99 other elite members of the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music – but only if he can raise the funds to participate.

Weise is a Barron High School sophomore, and is the son of Rusty Melissa Weise. His father works in law enforcement, and his mother is on the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland, Barron.

A trumpet player, William was nominated for the Ambassadors of Music by his high school teacher, Haylee Lytle.

Sponsored by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, the Ambassadors of Music will include 100 musicians in all. The tour will be organized by Colorado-based Voyageurs International, a privately owned tour company.

The group will visit six European countries in 16 days next year, playing a concert almost every night. Among the performances are concerts in Paris, London and Seefeld, Austria.

“I am honored by the chance to represent the state and the Barron community,” Weise wrote in a letter to the News-Shield.

“My family must cover the cost of the trip, $6,000, (which is) due in November,” he added. “I have saved (some of the) money by working my summer job, and I sold baked goods last weekend the Dallas Oktoberfest.”

Weise has competed in contests, attended local music camps, and has participated in extracurriculars and sports, as well as 4-H and his local church group.

An account has been created at WESTconsin Credit Union. Contributions are welcome. Checks should be made out to William Weise.

Voyageurs International will observe its 50th anniversary in 2020. For more information, visit https://www.voyageursinternational.com/