Crestview High band raising $90K for new uniforms

Crestview High School assistant band director Charlie Andersen,

Crestview High School assistant band director Charlie Andersen, director Jody Dunn, vice president Cole Clay and drum majors Savannah Barefield and Jared Gaszak; President Caleb Overton, Speedee Printing; and Lou Lou Beans manager Rose Goodwin; supporter Joanna Dean; Band Boosters President David Williams; and Speedee Printing pressman Mark Williams flank an oversized $3,000 check the band received.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 06:48 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The county’s premier, award-winning marching band wants to look even sharper when members hit Main Street, Jack Foster Stadium field, or state and regional competitions.

Toward that goal, the Crestview High School band launched a fund-raising drive this week with a $90,000 goal to purchase 300 new uniforms.

The band’s current 10-year-old uniforms have about reached the end of their lives; each has been worn for hundreds of miles of marching under all sorts of weather, band director Jody Dunn said.

When Band Boosters President David Williams entered the band room Thursday afternoon, he brought three local business supporters who presented an oversized $3,000 check for the uniform fund.

The check, presented by representatives of Winn-Dixie, Tom Thumb, Wal-Mart, Speedee Printing and Lou Lou Beans, brought the fund to $7,500, supporter Joann Dean of Lou Lou Beans said.

As the Big Red Machine took to the field in summer band camp, another donation was more immediately appreciated: the donors also brought 1,430 bottles of water.

“And there’s more coming,” Dean said.

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