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Hawaii 2012 Trip Update

May 28, 2015

We received this message yesterday and want to share it with you:

We recently received notice that Calliope Ope Saaga, the travel agent for the Willard Band Hawaii Trip 2012, has been incarcerated in Florence, Colorado.  He is not eligible for parole and is currently set to be released November 17, 2019.  At this time, we do not have any information on his order to pay restitution to the participants of the trip.  If another further information is made available to us we will most certainly pass it on to you.

Chris Church

Hawaii Trip 2012 Update

March 16, 2015
HAWAII TRIP 2012 UPDATE
On Wednesday, March 12, Calliope Ope Saaga, the travel agent for the Willard Band trip to Hawaii in 2012, received the maximum sentence under the law.  We was sentenced to 60 months in prison, 3 years of probation, and was ordered to repay or make payments on ALL monies back to not only the Willard Band Boosters but also the Band Programs in Fort Smith and West Memphis, Arkansas. His sentencing hearing in Arkansas is scheduled for March 30, 2015.

Willard Band Trip 2012 Participants

March 2, 2015
On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 2:30 pm in the Federal Courthouse on John Q Hammons Parkway in Springfield, the Sentencing Hearing will be held for Mr. Ope Calliope Saaga in connection with the Willard Band trip to Hawaii in 2012.  This hearing if open to the public and we encourage you to attend. Please understand that this is not an “open forum” for comments. As promised I will be there to make a statement on behalf of all of the victims in this case.
 
Chris Church

Hawaii Trip 2012 Participant Request

October 21, 2014
ATTENTION TO ALL HAWAII 2012 PARTICIPANTS. Please email Mr. Church the following information if you were a participant (student or adult) on the Hawaii 2012 trip.
 
Send information to: cmctubaman007@gmail.com
 
1) Participants full name: i.e. Christopher Michael Church
2) email address
3) cell phone and/or home phone number
 
IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO MIGHT NOT SEE THIS ON THE BLOG SITE OR RECEIVE IT THROUGH THE SCHOOL EMAIL SYSTEM FROM 2 YEARS AGO PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO THEM.  WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Hawaii 2012 Trip Update

October 16, 2014
Hello everyone,
Just a short update on today’s court proceedings….our former travel agent Ope Saaga did enter his plea of “guilty” in the case of the band trip to Hawaii 2012.  There was a plea bargain agreement entered into the records the contents of which I do not know anything about.  It should be made public later on today or tomorrow.
After speaking with the US Attorney he told me that the sentencing hearing should take place in appr 8-12 weeks.  Sorry there is nothing else to report at this time but that is really about it.
When I know more I will be sure to pass it on to everyone.
Take care,
Chris

Hawaii 2012 Update

September 16, 2014

Willard Band Parents: We were notified today that Ope Saaga, our travel agent in the Hawaii 2012 Band Trip, will be entering his guilty plea in Court on October 15, at 9:30 am. Chris Church will still be our lead person concerning our case and will be there to testify and to represent everyone as he has done from the beginning of this situation. You are more than welcome to come and be present but in these types of cases there is no “open dialogue” in court. We appreciate your continued support and will keep you informed.

Victoria Meraz

Exciting News and Events!

August 7, 2014

Good afternoon! 

We want to remind you of our annual end of camp Band Blow-Out. This event will be held tomorrow evening, August 8, in the Willard High School Gym at 6:00 pm. Afterward the Willard Band Boosters will be hosting a meet and greet ice cream social in the Commons so you may visit, see apparel options, join Band Boosters and sign up to help during the school year with all our events.

Another exciting thing happening in our program is the creation of the Willard Band Website! In addition to Charms, we also have created a band website that is scheduled to launch TOMORROW. We will be using the website and Charms to communicate all future information and will no longer use this band blog. We will, however, keep the blog “alive” if you need to access any previous info. You will be able to access Charms, the new band apparel website (which also launches tomorrow!) and various other band related links through this website.

Please visit our new website at willardband.org. 

Take care and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

The Willard Band Staff

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