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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Stepping out in style

  • The Harrisburg High School Marching Band has been dressing in the same uniforms for over two decades. Due to the cost the idea of purchasing new ones was dismissed year after year. Hannah Drake is starting her fifth year as band director at HHS. New uniforms for the band have been on her wish list since day one.
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  • The Harrisburg High School Marching Band has been dressing in the same uniforms for over two decades. Due to the cost the idea of purchasing new ones was dismissed year after year. Hannah Drake is starting her fifth year as band director at HHS. New uniforms for the band have been on her wish list since day one.
    This year the new uniforms were not just a want but a need.
    The 2013-2014 Harrisburg High School Marching Band has 72 members including the color guard. With such a large number of students participating in the program along with the natural size change in the students Drake found that there were not enough pieces in the current collection to dress everyone.
    "How can you tell a student that has worked so hard and dedicated so many hours to this program that they can"t perform because there isn’t a uniform to fit them? You don't!" says Drake.
    She knew purchasing the new uniforms would be very costly but there was no other option. The band would be spending around $300 per member to dress them from head to toe in the new attire.
    In Harrisburg the band is nothing less than tradition. A staple of the community. They go hand in hand with the football and basketball programs in Harrisburg. The community has always been very supportive of the program and this year they really stepped up.
    Donations started pouring in from band boosters, businesses as well as individual members of the community. The students held fundraisers and had overwhelming support from parents and grandparents. The goal had been met and it was finally time for Harrisburg to retire the 20 year old uniforms.
    Drake wanted an updated style for her students. The final decision was a modern look with a strong tie to tradition. The 72 members of the Harrisburg High School Marching Band will be stepping out in style at Harrisburg's Homecoming parade Oct. 10. They will also be performing at the Bulldog's Homecoming football game on Friday night Oct. 11.
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