Northern band drums up new uniforms
The Port Huron Northern High School Husky Marching Band may be getting new uniforms. If it can raise the money.
More than a decade ago, the school district bought 120 new uniforms for the band, according the band’s website. Band boosters helped the district acquire some additional uniforms over the years, but not enough to keep up with the growing program. Now there are more than 200 students in the band, according to Port Huron Northern band director Erick Senkmajer.
Senkmajer said there isn’t one specific reason that can be pinpointed for the uptick in membership.
“I guess students and their families appreciate the work the band has been doing over the last dozen years,” Senkmajer said.
The supplemental uniforms have been less expensive but also not as long lasting, Senkmajer said. The supplemental uniforms are black and do not match the navy and gold official uniforms of the band.
Having everyone in the same uniform is important, Senkmajer said.
“It draws the organization together visually and it also draws them together in terms of their self-image and self-confidence,” Senkmajer said.
The band is looking to raise $50,000 by Feb. 28 so it they can place an order in April. State law prohibits bond money from being spent on things such as uniforms. So far, $14,160 has been raised, according to a tracker on the band’s web page.
Sophomore drum line member Carson Moore, 15, said he and his friends are committed to the fundraising drive and eager to see it succeed.
“Everyone is really excited and enthusiastic about it,” Carson said. “This isn’t about competition with any other band, it’s about our own professionalism.”
Christine Carwyn is the parent of one of the band’s tenor saxophone players and president of the Port Huron Northern Band Boosters. The uniforms will likely come after her daughter, a senior, has graduated. But Carwyn is pushing ahead with fundraising efforts anyway.
“It’s a pay-it-forward kind of fundraising event for us,” Carwyn said.
The band is offering perks for donation levels at $25, $100, $300, $500, $1,000 and $5,000.
“Port Huron Northern and Port Huron High Schools’ bands are a source of pride for the entire community,” Superintendent Jamie Cain said in a news release. “It’s important that we support our students as they perform throughout the year and play for many prestigious contests and venues, representing our community and district.”
Anyone interested in donating can do so online by going to bit.ly/2zBTuGn or by mailing a check payable to “PHN Bands” to Box 596036, Fort Gratiot 48059. Donations are tax deductible.
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