RACINE — The Southern Local High School Band recently received a donation of $1,000 from Home National Bank.
The donation will be used toward the purchase of new uniforms for the group.
“The youth in the band work pretty much all year long,” HNB President Roma Sayer said. “They represent the school and our community well in parades, Veterans Day, Memorial Day as well as sporting events and we are proud to support them.”
High school bands challenge students musically and are the main form of music education for many students at Southern. Band director Chad Dodson encourages his students to become a well-rounded band, which means having the ability to play a wide variety of musical compositions in several different venues.
Dodson took the marching Tornadoes, currently 36 strong, to high schools competitions around the area. There they competed and gained experience playing in front of audiences and judges. Their travels took them as far as Coal Grove High School near Ironton.
The Southern Local High School Band recently finished their competition season. The band brought home awards from each contest in which they competed, including first place percussion at Athens.
In addition to performing in band competitions, they have been active in community events, including the Memorial Day ceremony at the Racine American Legion, marching in the Racine Fourth of July parade and Veterans Day ceremonies in Racine and Pomeroy.
The band was also seen taking the field during halftime at Southern’s football games this fall.
Under Dodson’s direction, Southern’s music program continues to grown and develop, and will wear their new uniforms with the support of community members like Home National Bank.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.