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Williamsport High School hosts festival

Organizers hope to raise $3,000 to $5,000 for new band uniforms

Organizers hope to raise $3,000 to $5,000 for new band uniforms

April 26, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

WILLIAMSPORT -- The band director was getting creamed.

As part of a fundraiser Saturday for Williamsport High School's marching band, Robert Stike agreed to let his students heave pies, or in this case pie tins full of shaving cream, at him for two hours, with students paying $1 per pie for the privilege.

Organizers hope to make the outdoor festival, which also featured a yard sale, car show and Kid Zone at the high school, an annual event. Yard sale booths and a bake sale also were set up at Springfield Middle School.

Proceeds from the event will go toward new band uniforms, said Kim Baker, one of the event's organizers. She hoped Saturday's event would raise between $3,000 and $5,000.

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The middle school also needs new uniforms because theirs are 25 years old, said Karen Long, the middle school band's booster club president.

"If you look better, you sound better," said Luis Arias, 14, a freshman who plays the alto saxophone for Williamsport's Blue Band.

People always judge with their eyes before they judge the music, said Luis and Luke Smith, 14.

About 85 students are in Williamsport's marching band. Their uniforms are about 10 years old, Stike said.

"The ones we have now are old, starting to fall apart," said Rachel Krempa, 17, a junior who plays the clarinet.

New uniforms, which already have been ordered, will change the outlook of the band program and provide new motivation to the students, Rachel said.

The band needs a newer, more modern look, Stike said. New uniforms will reinforce the band's pride in itself, said Stike, who has been the band's director for a year.

Gaela Shoop of Halfway was happy to browse the yard sale in support of a high school band. She had been a band member at a high school in Annapolis, and tries to support local bands in Washington County now, she said.

On Saturday afternoon, Shoop was searching for inexpensive supplies for the day care where she works.

Sandy Goltz's granddaughter attends Springfield Middle School, and Goltz visited Saturday's yard sales twice. She looked over the tables full of books, DVDs and glassware with her sister-in-law, Ethel Banzhoff.

"More of this needs to be done," Goltz said. "With prices going up, this is great."

The prices at the yard sale were excellent, Banzhoff said.

Patsy Price of Fairplay has grandchildren in the band, so she volunteered to work one of the yard sale tables.

Business was wonderful, and by 1 p.m., she had made about $300 for the band at her yard sale booth, Price said.

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