The Grand County High School Marching Band has met its $7,000 fundraising goal for the 2018-19 school year with the help of donations from local businesses and individuals.
The band and color guard performed at Swanny City Park on Friday, Aug. 17, during the Moab Farmers Market for a benefit to raise additional funds for the replacement of their uniforms.
“For being the second day of school, they did really good,” Grand County High School Band Director Christopher Raybould said. “I was happy about their energy and willingness to perform so quickly into our season.”
The band performed a variety of songs during the performance, including “Sweet Caroline” and “Party Rock Anthem.” Donations to the band’s benefit were collected during the performance. The band and color guard are moving into competition season, Raybould said, beginning in September with the Nebo Marching Band Invitational at Payson High School.
Twenty new uniforms will arrive during competition season in October and Raybould said the new uniforms are red, white and black and look “completely different” from the current uniforms.
“They are actual uniforms, not polos,” he said.
Raybould said the largest donations to the fundraising effort came from Moab Frozen Yogurt, Grand County Education Foundation and the Terry Page Memorial Golf Tournament.
“This community is great,” Raybould said.
No other marching band fundraisers are planned for the year, he said.
The Swanny City Park performance was the band’s sixth annual MoabBandAid benefit concert.
New uniforms purchased with community support
I was happy about their energy and willingness to perform so quickly into our season.”