The Cedar Springs Board of Education approved the purchase of new band uniforms Monday evening, for the Cedar Springs Marching Red Hawks.
Band Director Adam Borst said that with the help of the band boosters and budget line items they have been saving each year toward the purchase, which is expected to be $54,855. They have saved about half that amount, and the school would pay the other half.
The band last bought uniforms in 2001 or 2002, and Borst said those are falling apart at the seams because of wear and tear, and constant altering. The band is competing in a more competitive association now (the MCBA), and finished 8th in the state this year.
The uniforms they are ordering will be machine-washable, not wool. The pants and cuffs also have snaps, so they would not need to be altered like the current ones. The uniform would also be copyrighted. “We are the only one with this design in the country,” noted Borst.
The uniforms will be ordered immediately, and should be ready for the band’s first performance in the fall.