After more than 30 seasons of pounding the pavement, the band and flag parade uniforms at Douglas High School have seen better days.
To raise the $38,000 needed for new ones, the band is hosting a spaghetti dinner 5:30-8 p.m. March 28 in the high school commons.
“They’re starting to fall apart and becoming irreparable, especially the pants,” band director Allison Smith said of the old uniforms.
Smith and her students have picked a prototype made just for the Tiger Marching Band.
“The new ones are breathable and washable. The other ones are dry clean only.”
The school needs 100 uniforms for the band and jazz band to be worn at all performances.
“These new uniforms are more of a dress uniform and the pants are universal so that they can be replaced when worn at a reasonable cost without having to replace the whole uniform,” Smith said. “During the year, I will have eight marching band performances, two festival and four concert performances for concert band, and then jazz band does two festivals and four concerts and an additional seven to eight performances during the Christmas season.”
The new uniforms are orange and black with triangular shapes resembling claws on the front.
“They’re cutting edge. We like the way they look like tiger claws on the front,” Smith said of the prototype. “My drum major thought it was made for him.”
The band has raised $9,000 playing at events around the Valley, but needs to have at least $17,500 to order uniforms for all members — and they need it by the end of March.
The spaghetti feed will include a silent auction and children’s raffle.
The Jazz Cats will provide entertainment.
Cost is $7 per person, or $30 for a family up to six people. Tickets can be purchased from any band member, in the music department office or at the door.
To donate money or silent auction items, contact Smith at 782-5136, or any parent booster.
Opening night for Douglas High School Drama’s “Almost Maine,” is March 28 as well.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 28-29 and April 4-5, and 2 p.m. March 30 and April 6 in the DHS drama room.
Ticket prices for the show are $10 general admission or $7 for students, children and seniors.