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In times of tight education budgets band uniforms get pushed well down the list of necessary items, but - while continuing to make beautiful music in the meantime - the Washington & Lee High School band is working to solve that problem.
“Currently, the W&L High School band does not have formal marching uniforms,” said Kelly Wright, W&L’s band director. “We’ve had donations in the past of used uniforms, but they were very worn, outdated and the incorrect school colors.”
“We have raised enough money to purchase warm-up uniforms, which are brand new as of last year and very nice looking,” Wright said. “The students take a lot of pride in these.”
“My students at W&L deserve these uniforms, and we will keep fund-raising as much as possible until we meet our goal. Donations from the community are always greatly appreciated”
But, Wright said it is “very important” to keep working toward raising the needed $20,000 to purchase formal band uniforms. So, while continuing to march and continuing to make music for W&L activities and events, the 50 W&L band members are engaged in an aggressive fundraising campaign to raise the needed funds.
Saturday, the band members collected several thousand items from Montross and Westmoreland County residents and held a community yard sale at W&L. “Band members collected bags and boxes of a lot of things that were in really good condition. And a lot of people showed up for the yard sale,” said Wright.
“As a former marching student myself, I can speak from first hand experience that students who are able to march in these uniforms stand taller, play better, and in general take more pride in what they do,” said Wright.
During the fall, the W&L band performs at football games and at parades. The band also participates in area performance festivals. After the football season ends, concert band and various ensembles will perform at regional and district events.
Kelly Wright is determined not only to encourage students’ music talents but to help them develop a life long respect for their accomplishments and she is convinced that raising the funds for band uniforms will help with that goal.
“My students at W&L deserve these uniforms, and we will keep fund-raising as much as possible until we meet our goal. Donations from the community are always greatly appreciated,” Wright said.