Last Friday, June 3rd, 2016 our beloved flowery tour bus traveled it’s final mile. Six weeks into our North American Spring tour, we found ourselves in the mountains of British Columbia broken down with a catastrophic engine problem.
After the damage was assessed by a diesel mechanic in Kamloops, BC, it was clear that fixing the engine would be extremely cost prohibitive. It would take more money to save her than it would to simply buy and refurbish a whole new bus. So, we began shifting our efforts towards obtaining a temporary new bus, organizing rental vehicles, and removing all gear/personal items and salvaging what we could. We said our final goodbyes and it was tough. A lot of memories came flooding back into our minds, pieces of ourselves were laid there and left behind as we walked away and there were tears.
Before us our bus had been owned by a high school in Oklahoma. It rolled up to Philadelphia to meet us at the Electric Factory ten years with “Altus Bulldogs” plastered on the side of it. Since then we gutted the interior and built it back up from nothing. It became backdrop to our lives as a band, a place where this dream was gonna come true. We wanted to be hands on with this thing, be creative and do things with a different spirit… make it an extension of us.
Since we started posting online about our bus hardships there has been an incredible outpouring of support from our friends, families, and fans alike. People have been asking for a way to give to the band and help us to dig out of the financial hole we’ve found ourselves in. This page is the outlet for that kind of support.
Thanks to the help of our gracious and supportive fans last Friday we were able to purchase a new bus! The new bus is 47-Passenger 1988 MCI 102C3 (with a rebuilt Detroit Diesel Engine and Allison HT740 Transmission) and we hope to take it on many trips in the near future. But there is still more to do!
Through this fund we have been able recoup all of the costs in losing our old bus plus we were also able secure enough funds to purchase this new bus. But now starts the hard work for converting this new bus into mobile home for us to live in. This of course takes lots of time and lots money. So while we’ve made a ton of progress we are not out of the woods yet. You can help by donating to our GoFundMe page, or give directly to us with PayPal or Square Cash. Or if you’d like you can also purchase an exclusive t-shirt from our store. Thank you and G-d bless.
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