BY ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
When you think of items a high school band might need, you might think of music, music stands, instruments. But the Redmond High School Band spent months raising money for another integral part of their band program. And this year, they got them.
Since its inception in 1921, the Redmond High School band has played in various community and school events, including parades. While much has changed in the nearly 100 years the school has been open, before this year, the band’s uniforms had not.
As of last year, the band had only gone through three news sets of uniforms for its members since the school’s founding, with each uniform expected to last for roughly 20 years. But on Veteran’s Day last year, the band launched a campaign to raise money for new uniforms.
In the following months, donations from more than 100 individual donors poured in from the Redmond community, and by March, they were able to order the school’s first new uniforms in 25 years.
Band Director bend Lawson said, “It feels fantastic that it was a success, it was definitely a big stress wondering just, are we going to be able to raise the money?, Is it going to happen?, Will they arrive on time?”
Initially, Lawson had hoped the new uniforms would arrive by this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade, and was happily surprised when they arrived in August.
As of today the band has raised $51,800 of the 55-thousand they needed to pay for the 125 new uniforms, and donations continue to come in.
Lawson said the program couldn’t have done it without the public’s help.
“The uniforms are here because of the support from the community, and by the end of this I hope that I can show my appreciation back to the community.”
You can see these brand new uniforms debut at the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11th.