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MIHS marching band thanks Island

We have had many opportunities to be proud of our band students here on Mercer Island. They have performed on the Great Wall of China, marched through a torrent in Pasadena at the Tournament of Roses Parade and weathered a snow storm at Qwest field to play at Monday Night Football. The students of the MIHS band program are extraordinary. However, on Sept. 11 at the MIHS football team’s home opener, we will be proud of far more than our band’s performance. Our pride and gratitude will extend to the entire Mercer Island community as we unveil the MIHS marching band’s new uniforms.

The last time a band director stood in front of a newly uniformed band on Mercer Island was 1979. Since that time, our old uniforms had been soaked and dried, dirtied and cleaned, hemmed and re-hemmed. It was for this reason that, beginning last September, this community — led by a small group of dedicated parents — began a campaign to replace our uniforms. Almost one year, nearly 300 separate donors and $135,000 later, the uniforms are here and the band is ready to say thank you with a performance in Islander Stadium on Friday night.

During our time teaching on Mercer Island, we have witnessed time and again the deliberate and overwhelming actions of this community in support of its young people. This uniform campaign has demonstrated once more that what the community of Mercer Island provides its students with is far greater than uniforms, technology or facilities; it is opportunity. So while it isn’t possible for us to say thank you to every member of the community who has helped put us in uniform, we here at the MIHS marching band program hope that you will come out to Islander Stadium and hear us play thank you.

Parker Bixby and Ryan Lane

MIHS band directors

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