HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – The Byerly Foundation presented the Hartsville High Red Regime Marching Band a check for $10,000 to help cover the cost of new uniforms at Saturday's exhibition.
"Hartsville High School is deeply appreciative of the support from the Byerly Foundation for their donation to our band program," Hartsville High principal, Dr. Charlie Burry said.
The Hartsville High Red Regime Marching Band was excited to unveil the new uniforms to parents and supporters that were purchased during late summer, according to a release from the Darlington County School District.
"After years of parades, performances, competitions and community outreach, our old uniforms were showing their age," Hartsville High School's Director of Bands, Cameron Watkins explained. "Our students lost the 'professional look' that they deserved."
The old uniforms were purchased over a dozen years ago and were worn in numerous parades, marching competitions and football games.
The Darlington County Board of Education loaned the band $25,000 in February for the new uniforms, which cost about $50,000, the release states. The students had a successful Low Country Boil fundraiser in August and have several other fundraisers planned throughout the year to support the cost of the uniforms.
"The Byerly Foundation's generous donation will make a tremendous difference in our efforts to pay for the uniforms," Watkins said. "The staff, students, and parents who work tirelessly for the Hartsville High School Band Program are very grateful."
The Red Regime will wear the new uniforms at their first competition in McBee on Saturday.
"The Red Regime represents our school in an exemplary manner and contributes to our community in a variety of ways," Dr. Burry said. "We are glad that the mission of our school and that of the Byerly Foundation has so often proven to be complimentary, and we look forward to continuing that partnership to make Hartsville a better place."