Twelve years is a long time to sport the same look, but that is how long the Maryville High School band has been without new uniforms.
On Feb. 21, the Red Rebel Band Booster Club organized a barbecue dinner and auction to raise money to update the band wardrobe with new red-and-black uniforms, which will give them “a little bit more flash on the field,” in the words of booster club Vice President Bob Robinson.
More than 600 people attended the fundraiser, which brought in more than $21,000, clearing the target amount with a healthy margin. Band students were asked to donate three items each for the silent and live auctions, and groups within the band made baskets to be sold. The group with the most profitable basket, mysteriously named “Gallbladder,” won prizes from the booster club.
Community members and businesses donated items as well, from Vols memorabilia and music lessons to horse feed and a decorative marble bowl. A number of pieces of artwork, restaurant gift certificates and antique clocks were also auctioned. The auctions and the $10-a-plate barbecue dinner were held in the Maryville High School commons area.
The new uniforms will be a welcome reward to the hard-working band members, leaders and staff. The group’s motto for the fundraising campaign has been “we sound good, and now we’re going to look good.”