Why we changed our band uniforms
As a member of the East Coweta Marching Band, I want to approach a topic that was noted in the September 7th Sound Off.
As many people in the community have noticed, our band has purchased new uniforms this year. What many game goers do not realize is that the Marching Indians are more than just a football pep band. Don't get us wrong; we have a great time in the stands playing our hearts out to cheer on the team, dancing to stand tunes, getting loud for the defense on a fourth down, and pumping up the fans with our cheers and tunes.
But we are much, much more than just that. We are a competition band that is quickly emerging on the front lines of the national marching band community. East Coweta is a very familiar name among marching bands all over the Southeast. As we are working harder and becoming more competitive, we are changing the culture of our band. We are taking more pride in our program and our hard work, and what we stand for.
As a part of the culture change, (and also because the previous uniforms were 10 years old and falling apart) we decided to get new uniforms. Yes, they are mainly gray and black with purple and gold accents, but they have special artistic meaning behind them.
The gray represents smoke signals from the Indian tepee, as it rises and fades into the sky above. The purple and gold feather across the chest of the uniform represent the tribal decor of the traditional Indian. They are a deeply artistic and professional representation of our school and band, compared to our previously featured purple, yellow, and white.
These uniforms will give us a much needed edge as competition season approaches at the end of September. The uniforms appear more professional and mature; which is exactly what our band program is becoming. Embrace the change. Support your Marching Indians as they work hard to support the school not only on the local level, but the national level as a part of the marching band world.