When the Ashville High School Band takes to the field this fall at the first football game, it will mark the 12th straight year they have worn the current band uniforms.
Hopefully, that will change next year.
The inaugural Tunes Around Town was held Saturday in Ashville with all the proceeds going toward the purchase of new uniforms.
Ashville Band Booster President Amy Nabers said 100 uniforms are needed and each one costs $300.
“This music festival is great for the community and great that the band kids are here,” Nabers said. “It’s great that the kids are out here helping to raise money that the band needs. It’s great to have this music festival, and that way the kids don’t have to go door-to-door so much.”
Nabers said the uniforms have not been ordered, although one demo uniform was at the music festival Saturday.
“I know that is a lot of money, but it should carry the band for several years,” Nabers said. “We are a little over halfway there to reach the goal of $30,000. We are making some dents. We are hoping to finish raising the money this year, and then order them by next April.”
Music festival organizer Jalene Peaspanen said the day went great. “Even with the extreme heat, we had many people to attend and support the band,” Peaspanen said. “We are very thankful.”
Peaspanen said there were 32 vendors, which was pretty good for the first time.
“We had a good many donations,” Peaspanen said. “I appreciate everyone who came out to participate. I appreciate the city council for their donation so we could have the fireworks to end the day.”
Band Director Woody Francis said it was heartwarming to see all the people in the community come out and support this.
“We are trying to raise money for uniforms,” Francis said. “That’s about a10-year deal. We get about 10 years out of a uniform. That hits us at about $30,000. You can only imagine with a small band and a small community how hard it is to buy uniforms. It has to be a community effort. It means a lot for the community to come together like this. I just want to say thank you.”
Mayor Robert McKay said they were just so happy and pleased about everything that has been done to make this possible.
“We are so appreciative to everyone who has come into our town to make this a success for the high school band,” McKay said. “We want to help them as much as we can. We hope when we come back next year to have our second annual event that it will double or triple in size. It’s just another great thing that can happen for Ashville. I hope we can raise a lot of money for the Ashville band, not only this year, but from year to year.”
On Monday, Peaspanen said after expenses, $2,500 was raised for the Ashville band.