Band uniforms a $25K expense
District could get help from boosters
November 19. 2013 11:55AM
The Dell Rapids Quarriers marching band is almost due for new uniforms, but replacing the one’s bought a decade ago will come with a hefty price tag.
Band director Brian Smith told the Dell Rapids School Board at its meeting last week the uniforms worn by the marching for the past 10 years are nearing the end of their life expectancy, and the cost of new uniforms should be considered as another round of budget talks nears.
“Uniforms of this nature are supposed to last anywhere between 10 to 14 years, depending on amount of use and wear and tear,” he said. “We’re starting to get to the end of those.”
Of the 100 uniforms bought in 2003, Smith said only 90 jackets and 87 pairs of pants remain.
“What I’m hoping to do, is … look at the process of purchasing uniforms,” Smith said.
Smith said he’s been working with DeMoulin Uniforms, a leading music apparel manufacturing company. New uniforms would be $318 each. At that price, the 80 uniforms – which include pants, jacket, hat and plume – the marching band needs will cost a total of $25,440.
“That 80 would get us through 3 or 4 years at least, and if we needed to we could get 10 to 20 more uniforms in the future or whatever we need,” he said.
Board member Matt Weiland asked about the possibility of paying for the new uniforms through the Booster Club, but Smith said historically the school district pays for uniforms for sanctioned activities.
“We think it’s prudent that the school be in charge of purchasing uniforms just like it would be for the football team or the basketball team,” Smith said. “However, knowing that it is such a large expense, the booster club has authorized me to say that they would contribute $5,000.”
Although the $25,440 price tag is sizable, district finance office Barb Littel said it’s a lot less than what other area school’s doled out for their uniforms.
In 2008, the McCook Central district bought 60 uniforms for $24,960, and Watertown paid $386 for each of its 200 uniforms in 2006. Other schools to pay more than what’s been offered to the Dell Rapids district are Huron, Brookings and Beresford.
When Dell Rapids marching band got the uniforms it wears now in 2003, the school district paid $29,400 or $294 per uniform.