Last Saturday, Starmount’s Ram Regiment performed their entire marching show. They have come a long way. The band started out by sacrificing two weeks of their summer vacation in order to learn their show, and now they stay after school twice a week and on Saturdays for practice. These students were able to complete their field show; however, it was not a “train wreck.”
Starmount will be producing a train-themed show this year, appropriately titled “Locomotion.” The expenses to produce this show and get that “train” feel, come with a feeling of a hold-up.The band replaced their performing “bibs” (only the pant part of a new uniform, which were several years old and worn by many), black marching shoes (that have also been reused year after year), and railroad-themed props. In order to raise money for these upgrades, the Starmount Band Boosters will be having a few fundraisers this year and need our support.
Pat Hutchens, a community member and a band parent alumni, has donated a hand painted 4’ x4’ barn quilt to be given away on October 28th, Starmount’s senior night. The orange and blue barn quilt can be yours for as cheap as one dollar. Raffle tickets are sold at each home Friday night at the football game or you can contact the Band Boosters.
Currently, students are selling tickets for a “Reverse Raffle” to be held at Yadkinville Elementary School on October 8th. One $50 ticket will represent a “full 2-meat course meal.” The evening will be catered by Derek Baity, whose son is also in the marching band. Prizes of $50, $100, and $1000 dollars will be given away that night. If you’re interested, find a band kid or contact Dana Dowell quickly because only 124 tickets will be sold for this event.
In the past, the band boosters have done pizza fundraisers and sold Ashe County cheese, but they decided to add a little more because their show this year is a slightly more extravagant than shows in the past.
In addition, they are also selling through JW Pepper, a company that sells sheet music, to raise money to buy pieces to perform at concerts. The money from this fundraiser will not go to the marching band program, but it will benefit the band classes. Find this fundraiser at http://www.pepperfundraising.com/programs/ramband.
If you have a business and are interested in donating, you can get a sponsorship spot on the equipment trailer, which is being refinished by Shane Adams from Perfection Paint & Body, also the Band Booster President.
Christi Pate, Secretary of Band Boosters, adds that “this is a very rewarding experience for the students.” The teamwork that they strive to build in this band will leave them with lifelong memories and experiences.
JoJo Welborn is a student reporter for Starmount’s journalism