“The current uniforms we have will be 20-years-old this year and were bought used from another program in Alabama,” said Johnathan Johnson, LCHS band director.
The band program at LCHS currently enrolls 43 students, with half being current freshmen.
“This is my second year at LCHS, and we — administration, music faculty and the band boosters — are working diligently to build the program,” Johnson said. “As the program grows, we are quite literally running out of instruments and uniforms.
“The band boosters have hosted many fundraisers this year to purchase much-needed equipment for the
program, and we are already seeing the fruits of that labor,” the band director added. “However, with the current rate that the program is growing, we are in need of assistance. We currently are borrowing instruments from other schools in our area as we make arrangements to purchase our own and are in desperate need of new uniforms. With the current rate of growth, we could be out of usable uniforms during the 2018-19 school year.”
The cost of outfitting the band in new uniforms is $45,000, Johnson said.
“This would purchase high-quality and long-lasting uniforms from Fred J. Miller that would outfit the band for over the next 10 to 15 years,” he said, noting that $500 could sponsor the purchase of a student’s uniform.
“The band boosters, in 2017 alone, have raised $9,000 towards the purchase of new uniforms, while still raising funds and purchasing instruments, music and repairs for our students,” he noted. “This means we have a remaining amount of $36,000 to secure.”
Over the next few months, the Band Boosters, which is a non-profit organization that funds the band program, will host various fundraisers and will accept sponsorships and donations for this cause.
“I can say with 100 percent certainty that the students here at LCHS are some of the most hardworking and deserving students I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Johnson said. “I am lucky to be here with these young men and women.
“We ask that, if you can, please help us in our endeavor to build this program, support our school, support our community and support our Marching Falcons with the purchase of these new uniforms.”
For information about how you can help, contact Johnson at LCHS at 433-6505 or contact any of the Booster officers. The LCHS Band Boosters executive committee is made up of Angie Griffin, president; Judy Rigsby, vice president; Sherri Gray, secretary; and Angela Osborne, treasurer. Email the Boosters at firstname.lastname@example.org.