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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:09 am, Thu Jan 13, 2011.

A group of Galt parents believe music and learning go together like glue. They also believe in order to be successful in raising money for both of the city's high school campuses, Galt High School must unite with Liberty Ranch High School, the district's newest campus.

The Galt/Liberty Unified Ensemble Music Booster Club, or GLUE, represents all of the music departments of both comprehensive high schools, according to Sy Miyasato, who has recently taken over as president.

The organization is not new, but its title is.

"We just have some new people involved, and we like to think of our booster group as 2.0 or reinvigorated," said Miyasato, who was an involved elementary district parent before his daughter went on to high school.

Booster club members have grown an average of eight to 20 or more this year, according to secretary Tom Santillan. "We are on our way and hope to continue growing in the coming years," he said.

The group held a horseshoe competition in the fall to raise money for students, and Miyasato recently presented a $3,100 check to the school board, a result of prior fundraising efforts. Another fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday.

All of the money is shared equally between the two schools, according to Miyasato.

"We are really excited for what has happened this year," Santillan said in an e-mail, adding that members have been able to raise enough money to erase a transportation bill for charges incurred last year.

The group has now turned its attention to raising funds to pay for concerts for the rest of the school year. In the last three years, the booster has sent three students to honor bands, including one held last Saturday, according to Santillan.

"We are very proud of Miss Pellegrini and hope she continues with her success at both Galt High School and Liberty Ranch High School," Santillan said, turning his attention to the district's sole music director, Elizabeth Pellegrini. She is teaching both band and choir at both schools.

"I believe with the band, it is certainly the only thing we can do because smaller numbers at each school would not produce quality teams," Santillan added.

GLUE's meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Galt High School music building. To become a voting member, the cost is $5. However, any interested parties who wish to support arts and music are invited to attend, Miyasato said. The booster members are interested in hearing from the community and growing together.

For more information, contact Miyasato, GLUE booster president, at 810-2574 or ssmiyasato@sbcglobal.net, or Pellegrini, music director, at 745-3081 or epellegrini@ghsd.k12.ca.us.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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