For many years now the Guthrie High School Band has had a problem; they needed some wheels! A marching band may travel on their feet at the stadium or in a parade, but getting their instruments and equipment there is another matter. They used to use an old bus and a small trailer to carry some of the equipment, but with the growth of the program came an increase in gear and it was soon recognized that the arrangement was woefully insufficient. For the past several years the band has borrowed the John Vance Mobile Art Space from The Arts in Guthrie when they needed to transport their gear from one location to another, whether it be to Jelsma or Jenks. But the problem remained, they needed wheels!
Fortunately, after literally years of fundraising and sponsorship requests, the problem is solved! The new wheels are GORGEOUS!!!! The GHS Band represents when they roll in now, as senior Hudson Hardin stated, “It’s nice to have something with our logo on it so people actually know who we are when we go places.”
Parker Snell, Assistant Band Director said, “We had the truck last year, but it was just blank. It was nice having it for the equipment, but now it’s OUR truck! It’s part of OUR band! It’s nice to have something that is specifically for US!”
Hayden Hirzel, also a senior who has experienced the hardships related to having to piece together transportation for all of this equipment for years now exclaimed, “People really like how it looks!”
Much of the equipment that the band travels with is cumbersome and heavy, not to mention that there is just a whole lot of it! Even with the room in other vehicles, it was still a struggle getting everything in.
“It’s really nice to have a lot of space now, and having the lift is so much better so we can put everything in there,” said a grateful senior, Naomi Hudson.
Band Director, Rob Blackburn is grateful and enthusiastic, “I have been an employee of the Guthrie Public School District over 16 years now and enjoy teaching these young musicians every day. With the growth of our program and equipment demands of our marching shows, our need for equipment transportation has grown immensely. With the help of our Administration, Board of Education, Band Boosters, and community we have accomplished said transportation needs in style. Just to say, we have come a long way from when I first got here using a gutted out yellow bus to our current Band Trailer and new Box Truck. The Box Truck, which is a 2012 26’ Freightliner M2, was purchased last year and this summer a professional wrap was put on to show the pride we have in both our program and school. Rustic Wraps did a great job including both concepts with pictures of our High School, musical designs and pictures of instruments. As I have stated in the past, we fill that part of our mission statement is “Esprit de Corps” the spirit of the group. We continually strive to represent our Band program, School and Community when we travel. Thank you to all who help support.“
Way to step up, Guthrie, and provide one of the best band programs in the state with transportation that is representative of the quality found in the students and directors.