Smithville High School band gets the opportunity to advance to state every other school year and 2018-19 is the year that SHS could potentially advance.
The students are working extremely hard to prepare for this competition, in every aspect of the band’s performance. The color-guard is holding extra practices on Sundays, the percussion section has had bonding parties to develop teamwork, and other groups are coming early in the mornings and staying late in the evenings.
There are fees that each student’s family must pay to be a part of The Tiger Marching Band. Since this is a performance year, there are some expenses that go above the typical fees. Students in the color-guard and the percussion front-ensemble must pay for their own performance uniforms each year.
Sophie Morgan, a junior, began to think about the extra cost and how it could impact some of the students in her percussion group. She decided to plan a fundraiser to offset some of the expenses for these students. The band group gathered at a fellow students’ house and baked a variety of deserts one night, and then held a bake sale, car wash, and performance at Brookshire Brothers the following morning.
The goal was to raise enough money to just assist with the purchasing of the front-ensemble uniforms, but the response from the citizens of Smithville was way beyond expectations. The percussion students made enough money to cover the cost of all of the performance clothing for the entire front-ensemble, with some funds to spare. The students used the surplus money to purchase new equipment for the band.
Dedicated and thoughtful students paired with generous and devoted townspeople make for a winning combination.