After 18 years of use, Spring Lake High School’s marching band has tossed its uniforms. A band uniform’s lifespan is usually 8-10 years, according to SLHS band directors Mark Grevengoed and Mike Truszkowski.
Over the years, the SLHS marching band has grown to 165 students, with 150 uniforms amongst them. The band now has 203 uniforms, with six of them for drum majors.
Grevengoed and Truszkowski said they had to buy more than needed to account for future growth in the program, so now they have different sizes to fit all students. Featuring a modern look and the district’s updated logos, the new uniforms are also a lighter weight.
The uniforms were paid for by the Band Backers organization, the Spring Lake School Foundation “Shindig” fundraiser and the Spring Lake school district’s general fund, according to Grevengoed and Truszkowski.
Senior drum major Lauren Sharp said she is excited about the new uniforms.
“They’re very classy and modern,” she said.
Sharp, 17, conducts the band during their shows and teaches marching basics during rehearsals. She started in band in fifth grade and joined the high school marching band during her freshman year.
While the new uniforms make the old ones obsolete, Grevengoed and Truszkowski said they’re considering options for the old uniforms.
To prepare for the new uniforms, dozens of students and parents volunteered countless hours to get students outfitted, and it would have been impossible without them, Grevengoed and Truszkowski said.
“Our band parents and directors have worked so hard to get our uniforms, and we are so thankful that they are willing to put in so much work for our band,” Sharp said.