At the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Band of Marauders’ Community Night Performance on October 8, the MVHS Band of Marauders presented the Mt. Vernon School Board with a retired uniform, last worn during the “Wheel'd” performance in the fall of 2019. The “Wheel’d” performance consistently finished in the top three of each contest, and placed first in three contests. The Band of Marauders finished their season in second place at Scholastic Finals last year.
The MVHS Band of Marauders’ previous uniforms were first used in the fall of 2008. The average life expectancy for band uniforms is 10 years; the MVHS band uniforms were beyond their prime and had definitely seen better days. Pictures in this article showcase the Band of Marauders wearing their new uniforms.
The financial support from MVCSC and the continued hard work, monetary contributions, and fundraising efforts made over the years from band families and sponsors made the new uniforms possible. The retired band uniform will be housed at the MVCSC Administration Building.
Mt. Vernon School Board President, Kellie Freeman, stated, “The retired uniform represents a new era in our band program, with a fresh start and new expectations. The fact that all of these kids stuck with it and continued to work hard knowing they were not going to have their normal season is a testament to their dedication to the program. I have always felt that band members and colorguard are some of the hardest working students in extracurriculars with their long hours for practices and competitions. We are fortunate to have Jackie Nason and her staff leading the band program.”
Although the pandemic forced high school band competitions to be cancelled in 2020, the staff and students of the highly competitive and talented Band of Marauders chose to pursue mastering a new full performance. MVHS Band Director, Jackie Nason, said, “Our students love this activity, and we felt we could provide opportunities for students in a safe manner. Considering marching band is an outdoor activity, we also felt it would actually be safer for students to play instruments outside as opposed to indoors. From the student's emotional and social well being, this activity gave them the opportunity to be active, get outside, and spend time with friends. We used this season to continue developing fundamental music and visual skills. Our freshman class has now had an opportunity to experience the activity prior to competitions, which we believe will help set them up for success next year as we hope to compete again.”
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) Superintendent, Dr. Jack Parker, shared, “I have been so impressed with the kids going above and beyond to put together a full show, without a competition. They continued to put in the work, for the simple sake of continuity and working together. Now the uniforms will enhance and match their impressive performances; they will be more competitive through their modern design and structure.”
Top left picture (from left to right): Shannon Walls - MVCSC School Board; Christy Stiff - MVHS Music Boosters Performing Arts Administrative Assistant; Tony May - MVCSC School Board; Kellie Freeman - MVCSC School Board; Kristi Suarez - MVHS Music Boosters President; Mike McCarty - MVCSC School Board; Beth Smith - MVCSC School Board