Seneca Valley getting new band uniforms

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The Seneca Valley marching band will be sporting some new uniforms this fall.

School board members on Monday agreed to purchase new uniforms for the more than 250 instrumental members of the band. The uniforms are from DeMoulin Brothers & Co. of Greenville, Ill., and will $96,990.

Band directors Varden Armstrong and Bob Matchett approached the school board in January to talk about the need for new uniforms. At that time they anticipated the cost would exceed $100,000.

The district will pay the bulk of the cost for the uniforms, but will get some help from boosters and foundations.

According to Mr. Armstrong, the Seneca Valley Band Boosters agreed to pay $5,000 per year for up to three years toward the cost of the new uniforms. The Seneca Valley Band Foundation has also pledged $3,000 per year for three years, he said. And the nonprofit arm of the district, the Seneca Valley Foundation, is donating $3,000 for the uniforms, according to administrators.

Mr. Matchett said the current uniforms were purchased 13 years ago and some had begun to dry rot and fall apart from the constant use.

Assistant Superintendent Matthew McKinley called the new design impressive.

"It's a fresh design but you will instantly be able to notice it's Seneca Valley," he said.

Mr. McKinley said they will have the new uniforms before the annual pie festival in August.

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Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:


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