Patrick County High School band raises money for new uniforms
The Patrick County High School Marching Band is raising money for new uniforms. After a decade of wear and tear, seniors say a new look will go with the legacy they're leaving behind.
At the start of Mr. Whitt's band practice, the band room is filled with the schizophrenic scurry of scales and instrumental tune-ups.
Of course a big part of being in the band is the uniform.
"It is a symbol of unification," Joseph Whitt said. "It's a symbol of school pride. It's a symbol of the community. You know when we step onto the field at a competition 200 miles away, we want people to know that we are the Pride of Patrick County and that we mean business."
Their current uniforms are ten years old and have been put through the ringer.
"They've been through every type of weather imaginable," Whitt explained. "The kids have worn them in shows where they've had to roll around on the ground. They've marched parades."
These uniforms have clearly earned their retirement, but to replace them, it'll cost between $30-35,000.
"We're very fortunate that the school board and our administration and our community are all very supportive of our program," Whitt said.
The school board has pledged to pay for half of the new uniforms, leaving the other half for the band to raise themselves.
"Future generations, they deserve to have the best for what they do," senior tuba player, Daniel Hernandez said.
They hope to raise all of the money by next fall. Even the seniors who may never get to put on the new uniform, say this will be their legacy. And it hits all the right notes.
"When I come back I want to see them, I want to see all of them together," Zoe Cox, a senior mellophone player, said. "And I just want them to look amazing."