MCHS Band Gets New Uni­forms

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Dick­er­son

The McDon­ald County High School Band marched into the foot­ball sta­dium wear­ing brand new uni­forms on Aug. 25 for the first foot­ball game of the year. Upon en­ter­ing the sta­dium, the band formed a tight spi­ral on the grass just in­side, mak­ing a dra­matic en­trance.

“I think they are su­per awe­some and it’s been a long time in the mak­ing, and we made a stel­lar en­trance tonight,” sopho­more drum ma­jor Au­tumn Hot­tinger said.

Added se­nior drum ma­jor Tony Jaquez: “I can­not be­lieve they’re fi­nally here. They’re go­ing to make this sea­son our best. They’re go­ing to make it leg­endary.”

“They’re amaz­ing,” ju­nior drum ma­jor Gabriel Her­nan­dez said. “They’re a long time com­ing. We’ve been wait­ing a long time. They’re putting a new face on our shows.”

“It was about a two-year process to de­sign and build the fund­ing into our bud­get,” Band Di­rec­tor Lau­rie Kin­der-Lang said. “It was made a lot eas­ier with our school board.

“It’s the be­gin­ning of a new era. This year this whole school’s cul­ture has al­ready pulled to­gether

more than at any time since I’ve been here in the last 10 years. These new uni­forms are a sym­bol of the pride McDon­ald County shows in its stu­dents.”

She said the band had its old uni­forms for at least 15 years. The new uni­forms were sup­plied by DeMoulin, the old­est and largest man­u­fac­turer of mu­sic-per­for­mance-group ap­parel in the world and the same com­pany that out­fits Mis­souri State Univer­sity, Kin­der-Lang added.

Carla Hot­tinger, pres­i­dent of the Band Boost­ers, said of the uni­forms, “They are very sharp and classy. It has been over 15 years since we’ve had a new set of uni­forms. Very proud and happy that we were able to give the kids a new look and very happy and proud that the county was able to pro­vide new uni­forms for the band. The kids were very ex­cited and happy, along with par­ents, to have new uni­forms.”

RACHEL DICK­ER­SON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

The McDon­ald County High School march­ing band took to the field wear­ing new uni­forms at the first foot­ball game of the sea­son on Aug. 25.

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