2015-10-07 / Community

Miller County High School Band Experiences Growing Pains


The new band trailer accommodates all the hauling needs for the band. The new band trailer accommodates all the hauling needs for the band. The Pirate Pride Band recently experienced growing pains. After the band received some donated instruments and purchased the hat boxes and garment bags to keep the new uniforms looking great, fitting everything into the band trailer was no longer possible. Recognizing the need for a larger trailer, one dedicated band booster put his considerable talents toward raising money for the purchase.

The trailer purchase was kept secret from the band members until the September 10 unveiling. The new 24’ trailer was greeted with cheers and applause by the band members. It provides plenty of room for the band’s needs, with shelves for small instrument cases and hatboxes, racks for hanging uniforms and designated areas for some of the larger instruments. There is also a side door which will speed loading and unloading activities. The exterior is an eye-catching red with a fierce Pirate logo. Everyone will definitely know when Miller County arrives!

The rear of the trailer features the names of our generous sponsors, because without them, the trailer purchase would not have been possible. Thank you so much Hospital Authority of Miller County, Quality Sign Company, First State Bank, Southern Hissy Fits, PeoplesSouth Bank, Farm Bureau, Spring Creek Ford, Lane Crop Insurance, and our anonymous donor! Please contact the band director if you are interested in adding your business logo to the trailer. Again, thank you to the Miller County community for your support of the MCHS Pirate Pride Band!

New Uniforms

There’s an old saying that “clothes make the man,” but this certainly has not been true of the Miller County Pirate Pride Band for the last several years. While they were earning superior and excellent ratings for their performances, their uniforms were held together by luck and the efforts of talented parent seamstresses. The seams were fraying, and the fabric was worn through in areas. Emergency repairs were common right before performances.

Several years ago, the Band Boosters began an account specifically to save money for the next uniform purchase. The account grew each year as the result of donations and band fundraisers, and in the spring of 2015, there was finally enough money to replace the 10-year-old band uniforms!

The new uniforms feature several improvements over the previous ones. The band members certainly appreciate the lighter weight fabric during the hot, humid hours of the early season football games. The uniforms also feature snaps that allow for quick sizing without the need for needle and thread. Most importantly, the new uniforms look as good as the band sounds!

Even though we reached our goal of purchasing new uniforms, the band will continue to fundraise to support activities for the 2015-16 year and to put money aside for future uniform needs. We truly appreciate the tremendous amount of support the band receives from the community and hope that you will continue to support us in our efforts to be the best band around! We invite everyone to attend a Miller County game to cheer on the team and to see and hear your Pirate Pride Band!

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