The new uniform coats bear the same familiar AHS blue and gold, only now the colors are no-fade, with blue in the sleeves, epaulets and collar, and a gold sash across abright white chest. (The Arlington Times)

The new uniform coats bear the same familiar AHS blue and gold, only now the colors are no-fade, with blue in the sleeves, epaulets and collar, and a gold sash across abright white chest. (The Arlington Times)

Donations, hard work earn Arlington school band new uniforms

The uniform coats still bear the same familiar AHS blue and gold, only now the colors are no-fade.

By Douglas Buell / The Arlington Times

ARLINGTON — New uniforms for the Arlington High School marching band and drumline have arrived.

In all, 180 uniforms were ordered that will outfit the entire band.

“The more I look at them, the more I love them,” said John Grabowski, the school’s band director and music teacher who headed the design work with the vendor.

The new uniform coats bear the same familiar AHS blue and gold, only now the colors are no-fade, with blue in the sleeves, epaulets and collar, and a gold sash across a bright white chest.

Grabowski said the coats and pants are equipped with adjustable folds and snaps to match the wearer’s size. The uniforms include features to keep band members cooler while marching, and each uniform also comes with plume headgear and raincoats that fit into a small sack.

“They can have them ready to go at any time,” he said.

The old uniforms, some more than 25 years old, were falling apart, Grabowski said. They had frayed hemlines, loose fringes, mismatched buttons, ill-fitting suspenders, missing plumes on hats, and were itchy and had a musty smell.

The public will likely get a first look at the new uniforms during the Memorial Day parade at the end of May.

Grabowski praised the AHS Booster Club that raised $38,000; the school district for providing $60,000 toward the goal; contributions from the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Arlington Business Association; and a $65,000 donation from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians toward the end of fundraising for the uniforms.

“We hope they last 25 more years,” Grabowski said.

The Arlington Times is a sibling publication of The Daily Herald.

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