TITUSVILLE, Fla. — For almost two decades, the Titusville Terrier Sound Marching Band has earned "superior" ratings, ranking them among the best in the state of Florida. But now, the Terrier Sound is due for an image overhaul.
- Titusville High band looks to replace 18-year-old uniforms
- Fundraiser will be held Saturday night in Mims
- Uniforms have been used by multiple generations of marchers
"So often, we hear with our eyes, and our eyes tell our ears what's going to come, and they perceive it that way as well,” band director Ian Schwindt said Tuesday.
The eyes of many, including judges, have indicated it's time for the band to upgrade their uniforms. They bought the ones in current rotation in 2000, and they are beginning to show their wear and tear after being continually cycled through 200 marchers or so per year.
Now, they're looking to upgrade them — and it may come with a price tag of up to $100,000.
Tracey Sparks, vice president of the band's boosters, says the kids deserve the wardrobe makeover for what they put into it.
“They set a wonderful example for others," she said. "They show hard work and dedication. They have the 'stick-to-it-iveness' that others should have.”
“Parents have come in and actually watched their kids try on their uniforms, and it’s actually pretty close to fitting," Schwindt added. "So that’s been a neat experience but also an eye-opening experience of yeah, it’s definitely time to replace them.“
Sparks will be organizing a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Andrei's Restaurant in Mims. The school's jazz band will perform, alongside other entertainment throughout the evening. Every event ticket purchased will enter attendees in a raffle for a Gheenoe boat and a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas. She understands they may not raise all $100,000 in one night but hopes they can make a dent so the kids can look the way she and the communitys feel they should.
“They pour hours and hours and hours on these fields during marching season," she said. "They put on a fantastic show. Their hard work and dedication, they deserve it.”
Those who cannot attend but still wish to donate can visit here.