The Viera High School music program will host a golf tournament to help raise money to buy new marching band uniforms.
The tournament will be Saturday, May 7 at Duran Golf Club. VHS is seeking to raise $100,000 for the purchase of new uniforms.
Dawn Light, one of the golf tournament co-chairs and a member of the Viera High School Instrumental Music Parent Organization (VIMPO), said the new uniforms are desperately needed.
“While the average lifespan of a marching band uniform is six to 10 years, the VHS uniforms are 15 years old,” said Light and golf tournament co-chair Julie Albert in a letter to potential band supporters. “For many students, their uniforms are older than they are and have been mended beyond repair.”
Nick Eggen, VHS’ band director and a faculty member since 2008, said the school wants to buy 230 uniforms by 2024. The cost of each uniform is about $500, Eggen said.
“The kids have used the same uniforms for 17 marching seasons,” Eggen said.
The band director said the 230 uniforms are needed because he believes more students will participate in the marching band now that the COVID-19 pandemic is winding down.
“Participation was down the last two years because of the pandemic,” Eggen explained. “We only had 160 kids. That was a 20 percent drop. That’s a pretty significant number. But with the pandemic ending and the continued growth of the Viera area, we’re definitely going to need more uniforms. We think 230 is a good number.”
Although details about the golf tournament haven’t been finalized, Light said the music program is asking community members to support the tournament through sponsorships, donation of services or goods, participation in the tournament and the purchase of raffle tickets.
Preliminary sponsorship opportunities are divided into five groups: Platinum, $5,000; Gold, $2,500; Silver, $1,000; Table, $250; Hole, $150.
“Your generous support would be greatly appreciated to help make this event a success,” the letter stated. “In return, VIMPO would be happy to acknowledge your business donation with visibility and advertising.”
Eggen said the color scheme for the new uniforms will contain the school’s colors — green, gold and black — but with a unique style.
“We’re going with a new design process, a more modern look. They’ll be visually very distinct,” he said.