Letters to the Editor

Band uniforms are needed

We are two proud parents of four high school band members. We are helping the music teachers with handing out the band uniforms in August, taking care of them when needed, and taking re-inventory of them at the end of the marching season. We are supporting the fund drive for new band uniforms and ask the MI public to do so, also.

The band program is very successful and well-accepted within the school community, and we enjoy the highest enrollment in band ever, 280 plus students this year and 30 more anticipated for next year. Our uniforms have seen Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles with the Rose Parade, and most recently even China.

The band uniforms look good to the casual band listener. Up close, more than a third of the uniforms are 30 years old. Over the years, new uniforms have been added annually and prudently on a shoestring budget. But now even professional fixing can’t make up for over-cleaned, worn uniforms, ripping material, disintegrating plastic materials inside parade hats, bleeding dye on overlays and bigger kids than 30 years ago. Over the past years, teachers and parent helpers have spent more and more time fitting, fixing and exchanging uniforms until all 280 students were allowed to march. In other words, it is time for new uniforms.

Please support the band by helping to finance new uniforms.

On a happy note,

Susanne Foster and Annie Kusaka

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