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December 5, 2013

Grant funds purchase of new AHS band uniforms

AMESBURY – The Amesbury High School band will be outfitted in new uniforms this Saturday when it performs at the annual Holiday Parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The new uniforms are red, black and white with silver jackets, black pants, and black and silver shakos or distinctive hats. They were purchased through a grant from the Student Enrichment Activity (SEA) Fund, created by the Amesbury High Class of 1960 and managed by the Amesbury Education Foundation Inc. (AEFI).

“The band has struggled due to the budget’s increased fees and the reduction of hours for the band director, but their morale is high and deserves our support,” said Patty Hoyt, who is on AEFI’s Board of Directors.

The band debuted the uniforms at last month’s Veterans Day Parade, and each of the band’s 73 members have been outfitted. They will wear the new uniforms during Saturday’s festivities, as well.

An additional 50 uniforms have also been purchased for future band members.

The high school’s band director Dan Fijalkowski said the program is proud to have new uniforms that will establish a new look and help Amesbury stand out going forward.

While the musicians will continue to use their old jackets and polos for less formal events, they will don the new outfits for events where the band itself is the focus. In the future, the band’s members hope to add “Amesbury” patches to the jacket sleeves as well as gauntlets, gloves and plumes, Fijalkowski said.

The uniforms have gone over well with the students too. Fijalkowski said that once everyone put them on and saw how they looked as a group, they were impressed.

The uniforms were purchased used in mid-October after Fijalkowski came across another high school that had them up for sale. That high school was about to purchase new uniforms, and when Fijalkowski found that they could be purchased for $40 each, he reached out to AEFI, who quickly responded with the money.

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